Caroline's Bikini (Hardback)
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Caroline's Bikini (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 21/06/2018
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'Alright' I said, 'I'll try...' This is how Emily Stuart opens her intricate tale of a classic love affair that becomes Caroline's Bikini: a swirling cocktail of infatuation, obsession, and imagination. The moment that Emily's friend Evan Gordonstone - a successful middle-aged financier - meets Caroline Beresford - a glamorous former horsewoman, and now housewife, hostess, and landlady - there is a 'PING!' At least, that's how Evan describes it to Emily when he persuades her to record his story: the story of falling into unrequited love, which is as old as Western literature itself. Thus begins a hypnotic series of conversations set against the beguiling backdrop of West London's bars, fuelled in intensity by endless G&Ts and Q&As. From the depths of mid-winter to July's hot swelter, Emily's narration of Evan's passion for Caroline will take him to the brink of his own destruction. Written in a voice so playful, so charismatic, and so thoughtfully aware of the responsibilities of fiction it can only be by Kirsty Gunn, Caroline's Bikini is a swooning portrait of courtly love - in a modern world not celebrated for its restraint and abstraction. Ready. Steady. Go!

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571339327
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 486 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 24 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Remarkable ... demands that readers put themselves into the same headspace as they would before embarking on a novel by, say, William Faulkner, James Joyce or Woolf."--Financial Times

Gunn has written a blissfully anarchic and inspiring novel about the futility of writing; a delightful paradox in itself."--Literary Review


..".when restless innovators such as Ali Smith, Nicola Barker, Sarah Hall, Will Self, Jon McGregor, Deborah Levy, Gwendoline Riley and Eimear McBride set much of the agenda for fiction...Kirsty Gunn belongs in this exemplary few..."--Financial Times
"Gunn's playful and endearing voice makes it a joy to read. Who knew postmodernism could be this fun?"--Tatler
"'[a] bold and brainy enterprise.'"--Observer
"Kirsty Gunn is a deep thinker; a maverick, an entertainer, and a great writer."--Deborah Levy

"[Her writing is] a perfect, witty riposte to that casual dismissal, and a lesson in how much goes on beneath the surface of everyday life ... Gunn traces hidden emotional topographies with insight and attentiveness to form and language which marks her previous work ... delicate, unsettling and revelatory."--Observer

"An author of undeniable talent."--Sunday Times

Gunn has always been a notably original writer ... Her writing is extraordinarily controlled, rich, and melodic ... "--Guardian


"A restless innovator ... Trumps even her own past work in its audacity ... Guts and cheek to spare ... Reminded me of James's serpentine late style as much as it did the prose of Virginia Woolf or Gunn's compatriot, Katherine Mansfield ... Caroline's Bikini nods to its Modernist ancestors but never grovels to them ... Gunn's serious playfulness will make you think again about every convention of fiction we lazily take for granted ... Nothing much may happen. But the feeling -- and the writing -- overflows."--Boyd Tonkin, Financial Times
"A really superb, very readable novel."--Guardian

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“Oh! Caroline, how my heart went ‘ping’ after seeing you....”

Emily tells the story of Ewan, her friend, falling in love with a glamorous housewife. This is not an ordinary love, it is a first class old fashioned one mixed with endless gin and tonics and bar hopping.
Emily... More

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