Sadie is in a tailspin: will anyone break her fall?
Having had more than her share of misfortune, Sadie Summerfield seems to have finally ended up lucky. She has the perfect homelife. For the first time in a very long time, she has a future.
So when another man, a cautious, subdued man, so very different from her own warm-hearted husband, drifts into Sadie’s life, she must ask herself the question: Is she ready to risk everything for the sake of love? And besides, shouldn’t affairs begin with a shiver of danger, with the thrill of the chase, rather than this?
In Commencing Our Descent Suzannah Dunn proves she has unrivalled access to the most hidden, most intimate workings of our lives and longings, our marriages and affairs, our secrets and lies. Wry, sharp and witty, this is her most astute and affecting novel yet.
Suzannah here combines the sharpness and tautness of her short stories with the warmth and detail of her novels, and achieves perfect balance.
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‘Dunn excels at exploring just how thin the line is between innocent conversation and erotic yearning… This is an enchanting story of how love happens without itself, a tender reminder that there is nothing more scandalous than an innocent friendship.’
‘Dunn is a remarkable writer, a lyricist of ordinary life and ordinary people transfigured by extreme emotions.’
'The descriptions of marriage and other relationships are as probing and as subtle as anything in Henry James. Dunn's dazzling use of language is a pleasure in itself.'
SARAH LAWSON 'The Tablet'
'The heroine of 'Commencing Our Descent' is Sadie, comfortably married to amiable, dependable Philip, and with the crippling feeling that life is just not happening. Then she meets Edwin, a reserved, unsmiling historian, and falls painfully in love…Dunn powerfully evokes the abyss opening up in the midst of the most mundane and surface-contented surroundings. She is a remarkable writer, a lyricist of ordinary life and ordinary people transfigured by extreme emotions.'
CHRISTOPHER HART 'Daily Telegraph'
'Suzannah Dunn's writing is as English as treason – a world of twitching net-curtains, furtive sherry and baffled heterosexuality…Wonderfully evoking the erotics of 1471 and the terrors of "the caller has withheld their number.", Dunn excels at exploring just how thin the line is between innocent conversation and erotic yearning… She keeps us in a state of suspended enamouration, constantly hovering between what might be and what never can be. In this sense she reads like an adulterous version of Jane Austin, but without the adultery. Like all innocent liaisons, this one proves to be as dangerous as the rest.'
GRAHAM CAVENEY 'Daily Express'
'In 'Commencing Our Decent', all the important events take place beneath the surface… Much has been said of Dunn's gift for precision, the gradual relaying of the minutiae of daily lives. What is often missed out in this general admiration is just how surprisingly tantalising this kind of writing can often be. Reading Dunn's work becomes an irresistible game of offering explanations and developing theories,'
LESLEY MCDOWELL 'Independent on Sunday'
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Book Description 2000-06-19., 2000. Book Condition: New. Flamingo. New Ed. Paperback. Book: VERY GOOD. 272pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1129429
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