Julian's lost his sister, Jake his lover, Adrienne her best friend. Since their days at Oxford, they've gone their separate ways - but none of them have come to terms with Maggie's accidental death. She was always the headstrong one, the righter of wrongs. It was her idea to teach Jake's childhood tormentor a lesson. But it's those she left behind who've had to face the fact that lessons seldom unfold as planned...
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Richard Mason was born in South Africa and lives in London. His first novel, THE DROWNING PEOPLE, won Italy's Grinzane Cavour Prize for Best First Novel and has been translated into 16 languages.From AudioFile:
Richard Mason is a find, if this intricately made and gripping novel is a fair test. The "Us" of the title are four Oxford students: upper-crust Julian; his sister, Maggie; Adrienne Finch (in England to escape her appalling American mama), who falls straight into bed with the grateful Julian; and outsider Jake Hitchings, whom Maggie falls for in spite of or because of his being "not our class, dear." We know from the first that fearless, wonderful Maggie is dead and that her survivors are shattered. What happened to her and why is told in overlapping flashback segments by the astonishing Humphrey Bower, Nicholas Bell, and Nancy Black, all flawless except that Black's Aussie vowels creep into Adrienne's American accent. Small quibble in a stunning performance and powerful book. B.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140278958
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140278958 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1894666
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140278958