Ordinary People (Paperback)
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Ordinary People (Paperback)

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Published: 07/03/2019
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An intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, Ordinary People tackles themes of sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love in twenty-first century South London.

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2019

South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution.

Melissa has a new baby and doesn't want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can't quite get close enough to her to stay faithful.

Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian's father has thrown him into crisis - or is it something, or someone, else?

Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap?

Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama's historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784707248
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm


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Diana Evans is a lyrical and glorious writer; a precise poet of the human heart - Naomi Alderman, author of The Power

Thoughtful and intelligently observed... Evans's delicate prose weaves issues of racial identity and politics into the narrative so that they never feel heavy-handed...a deftly observed, elegiac portrayal of modern marriage, and the private – often painful – quest for identity and fulfilment in all its various guises - Observer

Ordinary People...is very insightful… a detailed, well observed description of modern marriage - David Nicholls, Good Housekeeping

It could easily be reimagined for the screen, though the film would not capture the sheer energy and effervescence of Evans’s funny, sad, magnificent prose - Guardian

Diana Evans’s fiction is emotionally intelligent, dark, funny, moving. The sheer energy in her novels is enthralling. A brilliant craftswoman, a master of the form, she makes the reader ask important questions of themselves and makes them laugh at the same time - Jackie Kay

Achieves a moody, velvety atmosphere, as though events were unfolding under amber-tinted bulbs...offers a precise sketch of the British black middle class, with a daring fifth-act twist - Katy Waldman, New Yorker

Evans gives us romance going cold with just as pitiless a precision as Flaubert in Madame Bovary... Evans's prose is magnificent: it's as if she measured each sentence, trimmed the excess weight, then fitted it into place - Daily Telegraph

One of the very many things that makes this book exceptional is the even-handed sympathy and unflinching fidelity with which Evans charts the changing weather both of her protagonists’ emotions and family life. She excels at dialogue and she’s also a soulful lyrical chronicler of London in all its moods and guises - Daily Mail

I’m currently very much enjoying Diana Evans’s novel Ordinary People, which takes a forensic look at the pleasures and perils of marriage and parenting and modern London living - Sarah Waters, Guardian, Best Summer Books

Ordinary People offers a unique insight into the complexities and the challenges of modern life, identity and that lovely little thing we call love. From the moment I started to read it I was absolutely gripped - that’s how good it is. It is a beautifully crafted, honest exploration of how relationships are forged and deconstructed, and how the everyday and the remarkable can exist side by side. - Benjamin Zephaniah, South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2019

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“Beautifully written, shame about the connotations”

This is a beautiful book and Evans' prose is stunning, almost poetic in places. Comparisons with Zadie Smith are inevitable. However, this novel did leave a bad taste in my mouth at places. By Ordinary People,... More

Hardback edition
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miss.mesmerized

“Ordinary People”

Melissa was always happy on her own, she never needed a man to feel complete. Maybe this was due to her father who was everything but a good husband and when her mother had finally left him, things got a lot better.... More

Hardback edition
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“Urban Odyssey”

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Ordinary People
by Diana Evans
Pub Date: 05 Apr 2018
Review by

Sam W, Reviewer
Last updated on 23 Feb 2018
I Recommend This Book

Yes
There is some lovely descriptive writing in this... More

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