Christopher and Alexandra’s passion for one another raises eyebrows and invites envy. This beautiful, blinkered couple do the unthinkable and run away from home, abandoning their two teenage children. Their sudden departure is an act of glorious wilfulness. Life in the countries they visit serves as nothing more than a backdrop to the vagaries of their love affair. Initially their loyal neighbour receives the odd postcard, but that soon stops.
Fifteen years later Alexandra is in remote Bolivia with a lover young enough to be her son and Christopher is in Venice, desolate and alone but for the pigeons and prostitutes. Tormented by past mistakes, neither can accept that they may never meet again.
About the Author
Maggie Gee is the author of twelve acclaimed novels, including The White Family (shortlisted for the Orange and IMPAC prizes), My Cleaner and a memoir, My Animal Life. She is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature, and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages. Maggie Gee was awarded an OBE in 2012 for her services to literature.
'The most exhilarating novel I've read all year.'
Scotland on Sunday
'A rich story of the heart told through a harlequin pattern of alternating voice, each of which is a work of real imaginative insight.'
'Maggie Gee's immense talent catches passion on the wing ... a romance of a truth and depth that's never without humour.'
Mail on Sunday
'A remarkable and ambitious book, a tribute to Maggie Gee's imaginative power.'
'An entertaining, shocking and moral comment about self-delusion.'
'So rich that it is almost aromatic ... an impressive and important novel. I can't think there'll be another this year to rival it.'
Nigella Lawson, The Evening Standard