As a child Lucas thought that all children who'd lost their parents lived on water. Now a restless young man still living with his sister Denise on their West London narrowboat, he determines to find out more about the unexplained disappearance of his father, the charismatic Jamaican dancer, Antoney Matheus.
Thus unfolds a journey from fifties Kingston to Sixties Notting Hill and the host of unforgettable characters who peopled Antoney's theatrical world, most importantly Carla, Lucas's mother. The result is a haunting family mystery of absence and inheritance, the battle between love and creativity, and what drives a young man to take flight...
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"The most dazzling depiction of the world of dance since Ballet Shoes'" (Kate Saunders The Times)
"Her prose is airbound at times - an exhilarating celebration of rhythm, sway and leap" ( Daily Mail)
"Darkens from an absorbing mystery into a touching reckoning... Most striking is the delicacy and power with which Evans depicts emotional disturbance" ( The Guardian)
"The story is complex, clever, seamlessly achieved, its many currents blending in harmony, sometimes in conflict, to recreate that sense of randomness and accident that resemble the truth of life in the chancy present...The author's passion burns on the page, along with an almost tactile relish of the act of writing itself" (Tom Adair Scotsman)
"A serious work of art with sentences like ribbons of silk winding around a skeleton of haunting imagery... Evans was born to write this novel" ( Independent)
From the acclaimed author of 26a, and winner of the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers, comes a dazzling new novel about the fight to achieve one's dream, and an unsolved disappearance at the heart of a family.
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Book Description Vintage, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099479052
Book Description Vintage, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99479052