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Indiscretion by Charles Dubow


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April 2014 Debut of the Month.

A classy, sophisticated and enjoyable read, Indiscretion is almost a misnomer for this book as whilst the affair is inevitable (to us at least) from the moment Claire stumbles into the Winslow’s lives, everything about the characters is very properly discrete. Lush and sweeping, with an incredible punch towards the end, the plot will get under your skin even if the pretty detestable characters leave you a little cold.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Indiscretion a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'It's hard to believe that 'Indiscretion' is a debut novel for Charles Dubow as he writes with incredible elegance and fluidity... The occasional references to other writers and literature are never pretentious, but they help the reader to connect with the text, albeit through the filter of Walter, and they make 'Indiscretion' a sophisticated and captivating read. I loved it.' - Linda Hill. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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Indiscretion by Charles Dubow

The Great Gatsby meets The Secret History in this torrid novel of love, lust and deception. Harry and Madeleine Winslow are blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is an award-winning author on the cusp of greatness. Madeleine is a woman of sublime beauty and grace whose elemental goodness belies a privileged upbringing. Bonded by deep devotion, their marriage is both envied and admired by friends who spend summers at their East Hampton idyll. When a holiday fling turns disastrously wrong, 26-year-old Claire falls into the Winslows' welcoming orbit. They are enchanted by her youth and intelligence. In turn, Claire is entranced by Harry and Maddy. The love that exists between them is something of which, until now, she could only dream. Seen through the omniscient eyes of Maddy's childhood friend Walter, a narrator akin to Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Indiscretion is a story about the complexities of love, the dangerous nature of desire and how obsession can tear apart even the most perfect of worlds.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Indiscretion. You can read their reviews below.

Debbie Pierce - 'Excellent read...Couldn't put it down and read it in one go! Click here to read the full review.

Linda Hill - 'It's hard to believe that 'Indiscretion' is a debut novel for Charles Dubow as he writes with incredible elegance and fluidity.' Click here to read the full review.

Michelle Hemmingway -
'Indiscretion by Charles Dubow is an amazing book. I devoured it and enjoyed every slightly seedy morsel. From the very first page, I was gripped by the excellent writing and subtly developed characters.' Click here to read the full review.

Carol Peace -
'Wow what a great book...A great read and a very enjoyable one.' Click here to read the full review.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett - 'Indiscretion was alluring and passionate, heartbreaking and obsessive and I adored it. This is easily going to be a modern Classic and loved by many more to come.' Click here to read the full review.

Lyn Barrett - 'Such an accomplished debut novel, Dubow understands the frailties of the human condition and leaves the reader to make the judgement. A real page-turner of a book, with hopefully more to come from this author.' Click here to read the full review.

Teresa Majury - - 'This is no timid, halting debut, this is a meaty, powerful read rightfully brimful of confidence and swagger with characters striding off the page and almost taking over your life...My favourite read so far this year and a very strong contender for my book f the year - highly recommended!' Click here to read the full review.

Sarah Harper -
'there is an astounding depth of characterisation which makes you feel like you have known Maddie, Harry, Claire and Walter for years and are experiencing everything alongside them as the story unfolds. I really cared about these characters and what they were going through.' Click here to read the full review.

Kathy Howell
- 'This book is a good read. Its tone is very sad and the author has captured the feelings of his characters very well.' Click here to read the full review.

William Alexander -
Twitter: @Hypothesising - 'Charles Dubow’s indiscretion is an interesting book. The first chapter bats you down with the flawless mastery of words, vivid descriptions and details Dubow has obviously worked so hard to instil.' Click here to read the full review.

Shelley Fallows
- 'a truly heart breaking story about love, loss and the consequences of the choices we make. It is a fabulous novel and one that will remain with you long after the last words have been read.' Click here to read the full review.

Kath Thornton - '
Once you have begun this book it becomes very compelling and hard to put down until you know what’s happened to all of the characters.' Click here to read the full review.

Megan Olwen Williams -
'I found the novel to be an interesting exploration of love and its many facets, with moments of deep, almost philosophical reflection upon human nature.' Click here to read the full review.

Rachel Bridgeman - 'It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel, the author's style is strong and assured. This will be a much talked about novel of marriage, secrets, infidelity and the passing of time.' Click here to read the full review.


Praise for Charles Dubow:

'A cautionary tale of desire, deceit and envy that plays out in unashamedly A-list locations, this is the perfect escapist novel'
Daily Mail

'This stunning novel is as close to a modern day version of The Great Gatsby as you'll get, while maintaining an originality that makes you want to re-read it instantly'

'Every bit as lust-filled, extravagant and disastrous as Gatsby'

'The scene is set for passion, dissolution and emotional despair ... deliciously heady'
Sunday Express

'An epic novel of friendship, betrayal and undying love ... outstanding'

'Smart, sensuous and moving'
O, The Oprah Magazine

About the Author

Charles Dubow

Charles Dubow was born in New York City and spent his summers at his family's house on Georgica Pond in East Hampton (the primary setting for Indiscretion). He was educated at Wesleyan University and New York University. He has worked as a roustabout, a lumberjack, a sheepherder in New Zealand, a congressional aide and was a founding editor of and later an editor at He lives in New York City with his wife Melinda, children William and Lally, and a Labrador Retriever named Luke. Indiscretion is his first novel.

Author photo © Tanya Malott

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10th April 2014


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Blue Door an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


400 pages


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