Sophie Barrett lives an odd, cautious life, until the morning she arrives to find her colleague - a man she thought she understood - has committed suicide in the basement of the shop where they both work. The death - violent and apparently inexplicable - raises frightening, long-buried questions that Sophie can no longer afford to ignore. To answer them, she must return to the summer she was fourteen and a friendship between three very different girls, bound together by time and place and by a secret that will change their lives forever. In their small, muffled world of untidy bedrooms, back gardens and shabby meeting places, they wait for life to start. Julia, all energy and swagger, Nancy, lost in her own peculiar universe, and Sophie, the follower, fearful and admiring. But while they dream, events are already in motion that will propel them towards tragedy, taking their innocence and threatening their friendship itself. This is a gripping novel of guilt and longing and the grief of lost chances. Set in the strange, bewildered age between life past and life still to come, this compelling story explores the ways we lose - then find ourselves again.
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'A gripping mystery...Unsworth evokes the girls' dreamy listless days with a sure and light touch' The Daily Telegraph
'Unsworth writes about the strange dynamics and casual betrayals of female friendships with wonderful insight. She's witty, observant, heartbreaking and - ultimately - hopeful' The Times
'Unsworth writes with a truthfulness and lightness of touch that elevates this tale above and beyond your usual coming of age story. It's a genuinely gripping and moving read' Daily Mail
'Her observations are acute; her prose is expertly controlled, fluent and at times poetic while her characters are portayed with great skill and humour' Guardian
'This is one of those books you can't stop thinking about and can't put down. A brilliant read' Easy LivingAbout the Author:
Tania Unsworth is British and lives in Massachusetts. This is her second novel.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141009497
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141009497