After leaving her husband and their suffocating marriage for a new lover in Rome, the narrator of Heather McGowanâ€™s Duchess of Nothing has her freedom, but is still trapped by the routine of life and haunted by her past. Even worse, her lover, Edmund, is just as self-absorbed and remote as her former husband. Her one source of entertainment is Edmundâ€™s seven-year-old brother who becomes her responsibility during her loverâ€™s long absences. Spending their days together, they wander the city as she tries to provide him with some kind of education. But when Edmund abandons them altogether, the relationship between the narrator and her charge becomes a necessity as she realises how much she has come to depend on the boy.
Closing date: 31/08/2018
Publication date: 16/03/2006
Publisher: Faber And Faber
|Publication date:||16th March 2006|
|Publisher:||Faber And Faber|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
Heather McGowan is the author of Schooling, described by Jonathan Lethem as 'a thrilling crystallising novel of lyricism and erudition, a book which like the best books contains a whole, urgent and unforgettable world'.More About Heather McGowan