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Modest and reliable George Bland faces retirement, surprised to find himself suddenly alone and uncertain. But his solitude is brusquely overturned when the invasive and mercurial Katy Gibb appears. Katy, by turns sulky girl and sultry woman, offers George a last chance for a adventure, an abandonment of discretion and responsibility. In the contest of wills that follows, George discovers his true nature, his enormous capacity for compromise and self-deception. The result is a novel rich in understanding of human complexity and of the desire to take charge of one's own destiny.
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"Devastating...Her tending to language, as we've come to expect, is loving, cutting and exact." --The Montreal Gazette
"A narrative of subtleties and nuances, reminiscent of the narratives of the later Henry James." --The Toronto Star
"Elegant...Her poetry of forlornness is stronger and stranger than ever. Brightness falls from the air everywhere in this novel." --Hermione Lee, The New Yorker
Anita Brookner is the winner of the prestigious 1984 Booker Prize for Hotel du Lac. She is the author of many highly praised novels including Fraud, Dolly and Brief Lives. Her newest novel, Incidents in the Rue Laugier, will be published this winter by Random House of Canada.
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Book Description Isis Audio Books, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1856959414
Book Description Isis Audio Books, 1995. Audio Cassette. Condition: New. Unabridged. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1856959414n