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Becoming Strangers by Louise Dean
  

Becoming Strangers

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Synopsis

Becoming Strangers by Louise Dean

Jan has been dying for six years, bringing his unhappy marriage with Annemieke to an end in middle age. Their sons have given them one last gift, a holiday in the Caribbean. Dorothy and George have also been given a holiday, by their granddaughter - their first and probably last trip overseas. In the rain of Bexhill-on-Sea, two weeks at a beach resort seems irresistible. Alone together, in perfect surroundings, they are unable to escape their troubles, until a few chance events - a disappearance, an assault and a man called Bill Moloney - allow them to make something out of the ashes of their love. This is a different love story - about how there's seldom a 'happily ever after', but sometimes a chance to redeem a life together half-lived.

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Julie Myerson
'I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. In the end, I was so uplifted, I did both'


Jenni Murray, Woman's Hour
'The best book in its genre that I have read in a long time'


Daily Mail
'Dean has a deliciously lucid and seemingly effortless style...An exceptionally enjoyable book'

About the Author

Louise Dean

Louise Dean's first novel, BECOMING STRANGERS, was longlisted for the Man-Booker Prize and won the Betty Trask prize. She lives in France with her husband and three children.

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Publication date

6th September 2004

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Louise Dean

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Scribner

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
All Shortlists and Winners
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780743240000

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