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The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd
  

The Affairs of Others

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Celia, a young, still grieving widow, buys an apartment building in New York and chooses her tenants carefully so that they will blend but not encroach on her life. We get the stories of an odd collection of diverse characters linked by Celia, so the threads are pretty tenuous, and things get complicated when one of them sublets. This is very American in language and feel.

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Synopsis

The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd

In the five years since her young husband's death, Celia Cassill has retreated from view. She has moved from one New York neighbourhood to another but she has not moved on. The owner of a small apartment building, she has chosen tenants who will not intrude upon her grief. Privacy is the byword; self-containment the aim. Everything will change when a new tenant, Hope, moves in upstairs. Intoxicating and dangerous, Hope is on the run from a failed marriage and in thrall to a seductive, sinister man. As her noisy affair destroys the building's quiet, and another tenant disappears, Celia is forced into contact with life - complicated, messy, irrepressible life - through violence, sex, and the secrets that lurk within the brownstone's walls.

Reviews

A riveting, raw debut... Loyd brilliantly keeps us holding our breath as Celia's barriers disintegrate, her rules fall away, and the shield she holds so tightly over her heart slowly lowers... Stunningly rendered, acutely emotional - REDBOOK (USA)

For first-time novelist Amy Grace Loyd, an apartment building is not simply housing. It is also a metaphor for the paradoxical isolation and proximity we feel among others... With forceful, sensual prose (the author is captivated by the scents of people and places), Loyd allows Celia to discover that 'life had as many gains as losses as long as we were willing to tally them -- Amy Fine Collins O THE OPRAH MAGAZINE (USA)

In this 50-shades-of-something novel, an apartment building's tenants are thrown for a loop when a new resident moves in - MARIE CLAIRE (USA)

[Loyd's] writing is rich and elegant, with elements of allusion and allegory and beguiling characters to draw readers in. Dark and sensual, with just a touch of suspense, this first novel offers a heartwrenchingly honest story about grief while still allowing for a glimmer of hope - BOOKLIST (USA)

About the Author

Amy Grace Loyd is an executive editor at BYLINER INC. and was the fiction and literary editor of PLAYBOY magazine for over six years until 2011. She has also worked in THE NEW YORKER's fiction department and was associate editor on the NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS Classics series. She has been a MacDowell and Yaddo fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Book Info

Publication date

16th January 2014

Author

Amy Grace Loyd

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780297871187

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