A finely nuanced exploration of responsibility, snobbery and culture clash from one of the twentieth centrury's finest novelists.
'How deeply I envy any reader coming to her for the first time!' Elizabeth Jane Howard
When Amy's husband dies on holiday in Istanbul, she is supported by the kindly but rather slovenly Martha, a young American novelist who lives in London. Upon their return to England, Amy is ungratefully reluctant to maintain their friendship, but the skeins of their existence seem inextricably linked as grief gives way to resilience and again to tragedy. Reversals of fortune and a compelling cast of characters, including Ernie, ex-sailor turned housekeeper, and Amy's wonderfully precocious granddaughters, add spice to a novel that delights even as it unveils the most uncomfortable human emotions.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 150 g
Dimensions: 132 x 200 x 14 mm
Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen - soul-sisters all * Anne Tyler *
Elizabeth Taylor had the keenest eye and ear for the pain lurking behind a genteel demeanour -- Paul Bailey * Guardian *
How deeply I envy any reader coming to her for the first time! * Elizabeth Jane Howard *
How skilfully and with what peculiar exhilaration she negotiated the minefield of the human heart -- Jonathan Keates * Spectator *
Taylor has the genius of making her characters understood, sometimes with an almost frightening clarity, perhaps because she is compassionate as well as relentless in her delineation of them * New York Times *
She's a magnificent and underrated mid-20th-century writer, the missing link between Jane Austen and John Updike -- David Baddiel * Independent *
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