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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"Devastatingly tragic, funny and utterly gripping." (The Independent on Sunday)
"The current King of the hot young writers is Richard Mason." (The Times)
"One of the most devastatingly beautiful books I have ever had the privilege to read." (Amazon)
"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 stunning performance and powerful book." (AudioFile Magazine)
'Compulsive ... a genuine page-turner, anchored in vivid characterisation but driven forward with the skill of the best thriller-writers' -- Arena
'Devastatingly tragic, funny and utterly gripping.' -- Independent on Sunday
‘Tremendous fun and never less than beautifully written’ -- Time Out
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140278958