Conrad & Eleanor: a drama of one couple's marriage, love and family, as they head towards crisis (Paperback)Jane Rogers (author)
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When Conrad fails to return home from a science conference, Eleanor guesses he may at last be reacting to her infidelity. Or has he finally tired of his stagnating job in transplant research? Eleanor's own scientific career has forged ahead, while Conrad played main carer to their children. The four children, now adult, fear for their father but seem to have little sympathy for their tough ambitious mother.
Meanwhile, a long way from home, Conrad is alone, scared and on the run.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 239 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
Rogers recognises the coincidences of opposites, of irreconcilable drives, at the quick of human experience. It is this that powers Conrad & Eleanor and keeps the reader engrossed... The sequence is a microcosm of the novel's structure, the roiling tempest in Conrad's mind coming to rest in exhausted affirmation. It's brilliantly done - a sustained exploration of the polarities at the enduring heart of love. * Guardian *
Her observation of our species is tender, precise, illuminating. -- Hilary Mantel
'Rogers displays a knack for drawing on life's subtle and uncanny parallels' (praise for Hitting Trees with Sticks) * Times Literary Supplement *
'Roger's prose flows elegantly and with effortless power.... Intricately plotted, with the ability to repeatedly surprise' (praise for The Voyage Home) * Observer *
Warm, wise, insightful, sharply observed and beautifully written. -- Marina Lewycka
A really clever, reflective and dispassionate scrutiny of a marriage in trouble * Daily Mail *
This is a portrait of modern middle-class matrimony, well-crafted and full of insight into the compromises and imbalances of long-standing relationships. * Mail on Sunday *
A gripping account of a marriage based on role-reversal... Throughout this fast-paced, thriller-like narrative, dialogue both external and internal crackles with authenticity... And the issues they tackle give the story terrific momentum. * Book Oxygen *
Jane Rogers' Conrad and Eleanor [has a] strong narrative vivid characters and a twist of the unexpected... * Spectator *
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