John Riley is in his early-thirties and has been separated from his wife, Helen, for two years. Deeply involved with his work as an accountant, he has given little thought to saving his marriage until his mother announces that Helen wishes to see him. John's mother and father are also separated - his father has been confined to a nursing home due to the onset of Alzheimers - and as John and Helen work out their past differences his parents' relationship deteriorates. Stanley Middleton brilliantly explores the complexities of marriage and family relationships across the generations.
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'Stanley Middleton, once dubbed "The Chekhov of Suburbia", is to the Midlands suburb what Anne Tyler is to the Midwest picket fence' The TimesFrom the Back Cover:
Acclaim for Stanley Middleton
‘At first glance, or even at second, Stanley Middleton’s world is easily recognizable… The excellence of art, for Middleton, is an exact vision of real things as they are. And because he is himself so exact an observer, his world at third glance can seem strange and disturbing or newly and brilliantly lit with colour.’ A.S. Byatt
‘What is so extraordinary about Mr Middleton’s talent is that, despite implacable domesticity, he is not trivial… Mr Middleton does not wish to change anybody’s view of the world; he only wants to help the readers understand and better the view of it that they already have, and his quietness and patience do indeed lead him to success in that endeavour.’ Bernard Levin
‘He illuminates the important matters beneath the surface that ordinary people feel but rarely talk about.’ Philip Howard
‘Small Change is his 39th novel, which is astonishing in itself; and there isn’t a dud amongst them, which is all the more astonishing ... [Middleton] opens a window into other lives. And the fact that these lives are mostly, on the surface anyhow, humdrum, makes his achievements the more remarkable, and the more worthwhile.’ Allan Massie, Scotsman
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 248 pages. 6.50x9.75x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0091797179