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A taut and subtle historical novel of two couples caught up in a world at war, from the acclaimed author of The Indian Clerk
David Leavitt's fiction has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, the National Book Critics' Circle Award and the LA Times Fiction Prize, and shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper's and Vogue, among other publications. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he is Professor of English at the University of Florida and edits the literary magazine Subtropics.
Utterly unpredictable and quite brilliant ... We leave Lisbon
breathless and utterly dazzled ... One of the major voices of
contemporary fiction. Moving, ravishing and fiercely ambitious,
this is a novel to treasure * Observer *
If you think of Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise reimagined by Alan Hollinghurst, you get the picture ... Leavitt paces his narrative with skill, and carefully doles out the truth about his characters to keep you turning the pages ... Never quite what it seems and never fails to intrigue * The Times *
Decoys, fake names, doubles and puzzles abound in this carefully constructed novel. I sensed Leavitt having fun with the layered intricacies of his narrative ... somewhat Waugh-esque * Financial Times *
Charged psycho-sexual drama ... Written in finely-honed prose and brief, elegant chapters, this evocative and atmospheric novel awakens us to our own expectations even as its characters' eyes are opened * Daily Mail *
Atmospheric * New York Times Notable Books of the Year *
Unfurls like a classic Hollywood film, crackling with intrigue and illicit romance ... He transports the reader to a wayward world racked by historic upheaval and intimate demons * O, the Oprah Magazine *