When William and Jane meet in a New York bar it isn't quite love at first sight. Each is intrigued by the other, though cautious and unsure. This debut novel explores the compulsion of burning desire and the chill of rejection.
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‘A sharp, moving tale’
‘A lust story that crackles and burns like a firework… a likeable book, nicely filled with meditations on absent fathers, doubts about masculinity and a cast of feckless characters who have more hang-ups than a cloakroom.’
‘The ideal gift for that ever-so-slightly-self-absorbed young person of your dreams.’
‘An impressive debut’
With disarming emotional honesty, Ethan Hawke's first novel captures that agitated, electric moment between youth and adulthood when every new feeling becomes a source of mystery and wonder, and every experience seems overlaid with staggering possibility or certain doom. Hawke's narrator will be disconcertingly familiar to anyone who has ever felt the fierceness of young love: Meeting Sarah catapults William into a world of shame and ardor and unspeakable tenderness, and in six head-spinning months he comes to know both the restless, overmastering ache of first love and the wild and ruinous grief it leaves behind.
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Book Description Flamingo, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2255502