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.

Sarah Broadhurst

The American Lover Synopsis

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.

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 American Lover Press Reviews

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

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ISBN: 9780701185220
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780701185220
Publication date: 6th November 2014
Author: Rose Tremain
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Shorter Reads,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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 ...

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