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The American lover and other stories

by Tremain, Rose,

Format: Adobe EPUB ebook 2015 2015
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Summary
"Trapped in a London apartment, 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 young woman who is about to marry a rich aristocrat instead begins a torrid relationship with a construction worker. A father, finally free of his daughter's demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. A middle-aged woman cares for her injured mother at Christmas. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor, Daphne du Maurier" --
Contents
American lover
Captive
Jester of Astapovo
Extra geography
View of Lake Superior in the fall
Man in the water
Juliette Greco's black dress
Housekeeper
Smithy
BlackBerry winter
Lucy and Gaston
Closing door
21st-Century Juliet.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In this season of outstanding story collections (e.g., Tremain's fellow British writer Hilary Mantel's very recent The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher), this one occupies space in the top drawer. Tremain is the author of, among many outstanding novels, the Man Booker Prize shortlisted Restoration (1989), about the restored English monarchy under Charles II after the Puritan interregnum (the novel was made into a very successful movie with Robert Downey Jr.). It is always exciting to see fiction writers as well versed in the short form as in the long, and Tremain's adeptness at not only drawing in page-length but also, and more important, reducing theme and plot to a smaller scale while simultaneously creating a compelling narrative tension is to be admired. The title story is an extremely well-expressed, profoundly felt look at a done-with affair that spurred the woman to write a novel that becomes famous but the draw of the story is that the usual affair tropes are given fresh life. The most rewarding story is The Housekeeper, breathtaking in its ingenuity as Tremain imagines the real housekeeper behind Daphne Du Maurier's character Mrs. Danvers, in Rebecca. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The popularity of Tremain's novels will send readers to her short fiction.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In the title story, which kicks off this collection from Tremain (Man Booker Prize shortlisted for Restoration), Beth, a British author nearing 30, has recently been in a car accident that broke both her legs. Recuperating at her parents' apartment, Beth takes to waiting for Rosalita, the housekeeper, who comes by every afternoon and listens to the story of Beth's life, while dusting and sharing some stories of her own. In Paris at age 19, Beth was seduced by an older, aloof American who left her bereft after his sudden departure. Beth then depicted their relationship in what became a global sensation of a novel, which made her rich but no less forlorn. "The Housekeeper" features a former servant in a grand English estate recounting the betrayal of a lover. In "Extra Geography," two high school girls, both field hockey players, set their sights on a young female teacher. The breadth of subjects and settings is matched by Tremain's exquisite prose. Readers might just want to take a break between stories, to savor the language and the images. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Short stories Women authors
Interpersonal relations Fiction
Conduct of life Fiction
Emotions Fiction
Short stories, American
Short stories, English
Literature
Short Stories
Fiction
Electronic books.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :W. W. Norton & Company2015
2015
Edition First American edition.
Other Titles Short stories.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780393246728
9780393246728
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