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Five Days by Douglas Kennedy
  

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Douglas Kennedy is an amazing writer of complex modern sagas and The Pursuit of Happiness, his masterpiece, should be read by everyone. Five Days charts how a brief encounter pulls apart the carefully constructed life (and lies) that Laura has made for herself and in the process challenges the reader to think about how they’ve built their own lives and loves. But unlike some of his other work it falls short of brilliant, miring itself in its own and its characters self-indulgence.

If you like Douglas Kennedy you might also like to read books by Robert Ryan, Melvyn Bragg and Paul Watkins.

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Synopsis

Five Days by Douglas Kennedy

Is it ever too late to find the life you always wanted? A modern day Brief Encounter or The Bridges of Madison County, this is a novel which poses the ultimate romantic dilemma, from the bestselling author of The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship, and The Moment. Is it ever too late to have the life you wanted? Or do we owe it to ourselves to pursue the promise of happiness? For twenty years, Laura has been a good wife and mother. She's supported her husband through redundancy, she's worried about her son, she's encouraged her daughter. She has been constant, caring and selfless. She's stopped thinking about her own dreams, the places she'd like to go and the books she'd like to talk about. But a chance meeting with a man in a hotel lobby - and the five days that follow - remind Laura of the young woman she used to be, and the woman she could have become. How long does it take to fall in love and leave your life behind?


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This modern Brief Encounter asks what it is that stops most of us from instigating change. Throughout we are kept in exquisite suspense, waiting to see whether the beleaguered pair will seize their chance of happiness. - Independent

Totally, blissfully absorbing - The Times

Kennedy can effortlessly inhabit the voice of the female narrator, and Laura's dilemma will leave you absolutely gripped to the final page. - Sunday Mirror

About the Author

Douglas Kennedy

Douglas Kennedy's previous novels include the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly-praised travel books. The Big Picture was filmed with Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve; The Woman in the Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas.

His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2007 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2009 the inaugural Grand Prix de Figaro. Born in Manhattan in 1955, he has two children and currently divides his time between London, Paris, Berlin, Maine and New York..

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Book Info

Publication date

10th April 2014

Author

Douglas Kennedy

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Romantic Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099509691

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