The story of a man coming to terms with the mutable past, Julian Barnes’s new novel is laced with his trademark precision, dexterity and insight. It is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers.
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they navigated the girl drought of gawky adolescence together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they swore to stay friends forever. Until Adrian’s life took a turn into tragedy, and all of them, especially Tony, moved on and did their best to forget.
Now Tony is in middle age. He’s had a career and a marriage, a calm divorce. He gets along nicely, he thinks, with his one child, a daughter, and even with his ex-wife. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove. The unexpected bequest conveyed by that letter leads Tony on a dogged search through a past suddenly turned murky. And how do you carry on, contentedly, when events conspire to upset all your vaunted truths?
Blue Heron Books, in conjunction with the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront is pleased to present an evening with Booker nominee Yvvette Edwards and Sarah Winman. Edwards novel A Cupboard Full of Coats is redolent of Monica Ali and Zadie Smith. It is a searing story of family, jealousy, and tragic betrayal. Fourteen years ago Jinx’s mother was brutally murdered. When Lemon, an old family friend, turns up Jinx is forced to confront her past. But Lemon has his own secrets, and together they unravel an unforgettable family drama. Edwards’s narrative is delivered with an uncompromising bite that announces a new talent in British fiction.
When God was a Rabbit is an incredibly exciting debut from an extraordinary new voice in fiction. Sarah Winman’s novel spans four decades, from 1968 onwards. This is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.
Thursday, October 20th,
Great news for fans of Joseph Boyden. The award winning author who won the inaugural Uxbridge READS! event last year is coming to Uxbridge on Friday October 15th.
Wyndance Golf Club, 7:ooPM,