Dean, Louise Becoming Strangers

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Jan has been dying for six years, bringing his unhappy marriage with Annemieke to an end in middle age. Their sons have given them one last gift, a holiday in the Caribbean. Dorothy and George have also been given a holiday, by their granddaughter - their first and probably last trip overseas. In the rain of Bexhill-on-Sea, two weeks at a beach resort seems irresistible. Alone together, in perfect surroundings, they are unable to escape their troubles, until a few chance events - a disappearance, an assault and a man called Bill Moloney - allow them to make something out of the ashes of their love. This is a different love story - about how there's seldom a 'happily ever after', but sometimes a chance to redeem a life together half-lived.

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'A stunningly good novel' -- PUBLISHING NEWS

'Dean has [Alan Bennett's]...almost supernatural talent for observing and measuring the comedy and tragedy of ordinary, heartfelt lives' -- Guardian

'Maturity, poise, a certain distinctive humour. I enjoyed BECOMING STRANGERS greatly. It is a very accomplished piece of writing' -- HELEN DUNMORE

'[A] very accomplished first novel...Dean has a deliciously lucid and seemingly effortless style...an exceptionally enjoyable book' -- DAILY MAIL

BECOMING STRANGERS REALLY WILL BE ONE OF THE BOOKS OF THE YEAR -- Independent

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This is Louise Dean's first novel. She lives in France with her husband and three children.

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