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Ordinary People

by Diana Evans

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Ordinary People Synopsis

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION AND THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION

Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning. Melissa has a new baby and doesn't want to let it change her. Damian has lost his father and intends not to let it get to him. Michael is still in love with Melissa but can't quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Stephanie just wants to live a normal, happy life on the commuter belt with Damian and their three children but his bereavement is getting in the way.

Set in London to an exhilarating soundtrack, Ordinary People is an intimate study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and ageing, and the fragile architecture of love. 

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Ordinary People Press Reviews

Diana Evans is a lyrical and glorious writer; a precise poet of the human heart -- Naomi Alderman, author of The Power Thoughtful and intelligently observed... Evans's delicate prose weaves issues of racial identity and politics into the narrative so that they never feel heavy-handed...a deftly observed, elegiac portrayal of modern marriage, and the private - often painful - quest for identity and fulfilment in all its various guises - Observer

Achieves a moody, velvety atmosphere, as though events were unfolding under amber-tinted bulbs...offers a precise sketch of the British black middle class, with a daring fifth-act twist -- Katy Waldman - New Yorker

Evans gives us romance going cold with just as pitiless a precision as Flaubert in Madame Bovary... Evans's prose is magnificent: it's as if she measured each sentence, trimmed the excess weight, then fitted it into place - Daily Telegraph

One of the very many things that makes this book exceptional is the even-handed sympathy and unflinching fidelity with which Evans charts the changing weather both of her protagonists' emotions and family life. She excels at dialogue and she's also a soulful lyrical chronicler of London in all its moods and guises - Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9781784707248
Publication date: 29/05/2019
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784707248
Publication date: 29th May 2019
Author: Diana Evans
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Diana Evans

Diana Evans is a new literary voice for multicultural Britain. She  is a graduate of the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing MA and has published short fiction in a number of anthologies. She lives in London and works as a journalist and arts critic writing regularly of The Independent and The Stage.

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