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Falling in love and marrying the daughter of a North London cabdriver, American-born Gordon finds his life regularly trodden upon by his eccentric mother and takes his bride on a delayed honeymoon to Venice, where the truth about their dysfunctional pasts comes to light. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.
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Justin Haythe was born in London in 1973. This is his first novel. He now lives in New York City.From Publishers Weekly:
The bond between mother and son becomes a stranglehold in Haythe's debut novel, an elaborate, unsettling character study that uses Venice as the setting for a strange honeymoon. Shy, sheltered Gordon Garraty spends most of his childhood traveling with his eccentric mother, Maureen, a dilettante who is constantly hopping around Europe to work on an art guide book that remains in a perpetual state of near-completion. Maureen's flamboyant dominance of her son leaves Gordon a bit of a blank slate, until he heads off to college in London and meets a sly, coy waitress named Annie who inexplicably breaks off her engagement to another man and agrees to marry Gordon after a disturbingly brief courtship. The unlikely union seems to surprise both bride and groom, and Gordon's rather tepid relationship with Annie comes completely unraveled when Maureen and her new fiancé, the over-tanned Gerhardt, invite the newlyweds on a trip to Venice. Haythe's prose is smooth and probing, and the narrative stakes rise when Annie hints at the possibility of incest between Maureen and Gordon after deciding to leave Venice early. But Haythe's focus on Maureen makes Gordon a shadowy, incomplete figure, and the novel's conclusion is more bizarre than climactic. Haythe shows promise as a stylist, but the combination of muddled climax and uneven character development hinders this otherwise impressive debut.
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Book Description Atlantic Monthly Press, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0871139146
Book Description Atlantic Monthly Press, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0871139146