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The American Lover (Paperback)
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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 01/10/2015
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From the author of The Gustav Sonata A seductive new collection of stories from the Orange Prize-winning author of The Road Home and Restoration Trapped in a London flat, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s' Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster's cottage, miles from Moscow. A father, finally free of his daughter's demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor. Over a million Rose Tremain books sold `A writer of exceptional talent ... Tremain is a writer who understands every emotion' Independent I `There are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain' Irish Times `Tremain has the painterly genius of an Old Master, and she uses it to stunning effect' The Times `Rose Tremain is one of the very finest British novelists' Salman Rushdie `Tremain is a writer of exemplary vision and particularity. The fictional world is rendered with extraordinary vividness' Marcel Theroux, Guardian

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099548447
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Powerful, involving, wide-ranging collection" -- Gerard Woodward * Guardian *
"Tremain presents a large cast of ill-starred characters, each laid low by their heart... But even in the most melancholy stories, Tremain delivers slivers of hope or humour to temper the tragedies... This collection highlights with subtlety and grace just how human it is to get things wrong" * Daily Telegraph *
"Warm, moving, often humorous and sometimes heartbreaking" -- Michelle Margherita, 5 stars * Stylist *
"A seemingly effortless performance... the writing glides along, elegantly dropping details that suggest a whole way of life" -- Phil Baker * The Sunday Times *
"The American Lover is...superb, each story a perfectly cut jewel" -- Neel Mukherjee * Irish Times *
"With a keen ear for dialogue and restless changes of scene, she shows desire and disappointment to be universal, timeless emotions" -- Nicholas Blincoe * Sunday Telegraph *
"Tremain's stories offer an elegant snapshot of other people's lives that leaves an emotional impact long after you close the book" -- Michelle Margherita * Stylist *
"Whatever Tremain's canvas, she has a knack of infecting the reader with her own absorption. The cumulative effect of The American Lover is thus deeply satisfying and unsettling" -- Rosemary Goring * Herald Scotland *
"With her razor-sharp talent, Rose Tremain hooks you in by line one and never lets you go. In these sophisticated short stories she doesn't allow a single sentence to slouch" -- Kerry Fowler * Sainsbury's Magazine *
"Tremain's a gifted storyteller with an enviable lightness of touch" -- Sebastian Shakespeare * Tatler *
"A pleasure to read" -- Sarah A. Smith * Literary Review *
"There is nothing blousy or indulgent about Tremain's prose - quite the opposite. Her sentences have an arrow-like quality that strikes to the heart, and as a...master of the form, she knows exactly what to leave out. The result is a superb collection that will leave you hungry for more" -- Stephanie Cross * Lady *
"In this delightful collection of short stories, the award-winning author burrows deep into the essence of her characters so we're immersed in their lives in just a few pages" * Bella *
"Stunning collection of short stories" -- Deirdre O'brien * Sunday Mirror *
"Tremain's canvas is broad, flitting numbly through time and the breadth of human emotions" * Sunday Express *
"Rose Tremain can turn her hand to almost anything, be it glittering historical fiction or contemporary social realism, and this skillful new collection brims over with human feeling" * Metro *
"Understated and unshowy, Tremain is a consummate stylist" * Mail on Sunday *
"In these wide-ranging stories - playful, elaborate, but never showy...- she allows her readers to feel similarly imperiled but, mercifully, unobserved" -- Alex Clark * New Statesman *

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“A good selection of stories with a wide range of themes”

I really enjoyed this selection of stories because it covered a wide range of themes focusing on people of many different ages in various parts of the world. I also liked the fact that a couple of them mixed real... More

Hardback edition
16th February 2015
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“A disappointing read”

The strength of these stories is as varied as their length and subject matter. After my first reading I could find little positive to say about the book. On second reading I was able to appreciate some excellent use... More

Hardback edition
19th February 2015
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“Disappointing!”

The short story genre does not generally appeal to many readers and this text would do little to encourage the first timer to repeat the experience. Though the tales are beautifully written, displaying an excellent... More

Hardback edition
28th February 2015
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