Everyone has a special relationship in their lives...the one they never forget. Annie, a successful London literary agent, is married to the very dependable, very English Edward. But she can't forget her passionate love affair with Jordan at university, which ended abruptly when he returned to America. Jordan is now married to efficient, pushy Virginia, and is running for the American presidency. But he and Annie are brought together again when a secret from their past is unearthed that could put Jordan's career in jeopardy, and destroy both their marriages. Will they do the right thing and keep the past where it belongs, or will the power of their special relationship prove too strong?
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Robyn Sisman is the author of last year's hit PERFECT STRANGERS. SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP, her first novel, was also a bestseller. She lives near Bath with her husband and two children.From Publishers Weekly:
It's late October 1992, and 21-year-old Tom Hamilton, son of top London literary agent Anne, has just learned that his biological father is a certain saxophone-playing former Rhodes scholar who is now running hard for the U.S. presidency. That's the premise of Sisman's first novel, which redeems its titillating concept through fluid writing and well-wrought characters. Anne's liaison with Jordan Hope two decades before at Oxford isn't the only secret in her past, as she learns from her dying mother in Chicago, where she has traveled to meet clandestinely with Jordan to discuss the paternity situation. Meanwhile, Tom, seeking Jordan on his own, stops in Manhattan to visit his godmother, the keeper of yet more family secrets. The narrative includes a long and rambunctious flashback to the Oxford and London of the 1960s and their subcultures of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and protest marches. Insider details about the publishing business in London and New York add further to the hard-edged excitement, although the novel's conclusion is too pat. To Sisman's credit, what at first glance appears to be trading on tabloidism turns out to be a fine bit of storytelling, a captivating roman a clef in which politics and passion mix with bombshell potential. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections.
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