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The American Lover by Rose Tremain

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One of our Books of the Year 2014.

The American Lover has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2014.

A collection of sensitive, absorbing and beautifully rendered stories. Only three are new, the rest (nine) have been published in various forms from the Guardian to Good Housekeeping. The three new are the title story, A View of Lake Superior in the Fall and Lucy and Gaston. Covering love and longing, death and loneliness, ambition and lack of fulfilment, their joy is in the writing, in being in her company. She is so good. This is her fifth collection.

If you like Rose Tremain you might also like to read books by Alice Munro, Joanne Harris and Margaret Forster.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Love and duty are the themes of this collection of short stories from the ever-accomplished Rose Tremain, in which vignettes and longer pieces, set in the past and the present day, feature characters beset by the often conflicting needs and desires of heart and mind. From the title story in which a young woman relives a reckless, damaging affair, to a modern-day version of Romeo and Juliet, time and place are captured throughout concisely and with authenticity. In The Jester of Astapovo, the station master at the halt where Tolstoy spends his final hours discovers his destiny as bodyguard to the great author, while in The Housekeeper, Lord de Whithers of Manderville Hall on the Cornish coast instructs his housekeeper Mrs Danowski to give a tour of the house and grounds to his guest Daphne du Maurier, a task that will have great and far-reaching consequences.
~ The Good Book Guide


The American Lover by Rose Tremain

Trapped in a London flat, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster's cottage, miles from Moscow. A father, finally free of his daughter's demands,embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor. Rose Tremain awakens the senses in this diverse collection of short stories. In her precise yet sensuous style she lays bare the soul of her characters- the admirable, the embarrassing, the unfulfilled, the sexy and the adorable - to uncover a dazzling range of human emotions and desires.

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With her razor-sharp talent, Rose Tremain hooks you in by line one and never lets you go. In these sophisticated short stories she doesn't allow a single sentence to slouch -- Kerry Fowler, Sainsbury's Magazine

A fantastically evocative collection from a magical author -- Viv Groskop, Red

About the Author

Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain's novels have won many prizes including: the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence); the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country); the Sunday Express Book of the Year, the Angel Literary Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize (Restoration) and a Giles Cooper Award (for her radio play, Temporary Shelter). Her novel The Colour, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and selected for the Daily Mail Reading Club promotion. In June 2007 Rose was made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Photograph © Jerry Bauer

Fellow novelist Katharine McMahon on Rose Tremain...

If I'm asked who is my literary role model, it's Tremain. I love the fact that she's very experimental, and is always setting herself new challenges and new forms. Her historical writing is inspirational because of its authenticity, and the powerful story-telling. I've chosen The Road Home because I found it very absorbing, and a new direction for Tremain.

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6th November 2014


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Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage


240 pages


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