It's All Right Now: A Novel

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Meet Tom Ripple, a man with an uncommon outlook on his common life. At home in a North London suburb, Ripple keeps close tabs on his neighbors while his own family splinters apart. As the years pass by he forges on, bravely and awkwardly, in his relationships with his wife and children, his parents, girlfriends, colleagues, and friends, and in his ongoing search for certainties, both moral and practical.

But what he gains in wisdom over time, he loses in love, as his marriage disintegrates and his children grow further away from him. The more he lives and the more he learns, the less he understands.

Through the vividness of his voice and his growing sense of the sorrow and absurdity of the world, Tom Ripple becomes an unusually appealing anti-hero, aware of his ordinariness and the limits of his intelligence, with a ribald sense of humor, and a clumsiness in his attempts at emotional connection with others. He is a bewildered everyman navigating his way through modern times.

In this remarkable debut novel, Charles Chadwick has created one of the most memorable, brilliantly realized characters in contemporary fiction. By turns poignant, funny, heartbreaking, and profound, It's All Right Now is a towering achievement and a singular work of the imagination.

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Tom Ripple is an ordinary man living an ordinary life, and yet, in It's All Right Now, he emerges as one of the most vividly realised characters in contemporary fiction. From a North London suburb in the 1970s, we pursue and engage with Ripple through to the present day, seeing through his own eyes a series of rich and complex relationships - with wife and children, neighbours, girlfriends, colleagues and friends; and his continuous search for certainties and specifics - both moral and pragmatic. Through the vitality of his perspective and a growing sense of the sorrow and absurdity of the world, Ripple becomes a classic anti-hero, all too aware of his ordinariness, with a ribald sense of humour and an inevitable clumsiness in his attempts at emotional connection with others. An epic of suburban life and a debut of staggering scope, intimacy and warmth, Ripple's insights into the human condition are full of tenderness and aspire to the transcendent, while his story brilliantly dramatises the profound changes that have taken place in this country in the last thirty years.

About the Author:

Charles Chadwick has lived and worked in England, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Brazil, and Poland. He lives in London. This is his first novel.

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