By Sebastian Faulks
A strong modern novel set in London from a grasp of literary fiction.
London, the week earlier than Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we stick with the lives of 7 significant characters: a hedge fund supervisor attempting to carry off the largest alternate of his profession; a certified footballer lately arrived from Poland; a tender legal professional with little paintings and an excessive amount of time to take a position; a pupil who has been led off track via Islamist conception; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy addicted to skunk and fact television; and a Tube teach driving force whose Circle Line educate joins those and numerous different lives jointly in an everyday loop.
With bold ability, the radical items jointly the complicated styles and crossings of recent city lifestyles. Greed, the dehumanising results of the digital age and the fragmentation of society are a number of the topics handled during this savagely funny ebook. The writing at the wall looks in letters ten toes excessive, however the characters refuse to work out it — and get together on as if the next day to come is a dream.
Sebastian Faulks probes not just the self-deceptions of this intensely realised staff of individuals, yet their hopes and loves in addition. because the novel strikes to its gripping climax, they're pressured, one after the other, to confront the genuine nature of the realm they inhabit.
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She left her father in the living room and walked through the kitchen to the formal dining room. Through the French doors, she saw an expanse of snow-covered ground, with acres of dormant apple trees in the distance. Closer, beneath the icicle-draped branches of a fifty-year-old magnolia tree, was a small rectangular garden defined by antique wrought-iron fencing. Its ornate gate was twined with brown vines; come summer, that gate would be a profusion of green leaves and white flowers. Now it glittered with frost.
She and Nina had heard this fairy tale for years. Later, when the rehearsal was over and everyone had gone their separate ways, Meredith kept working. She made a sign that read ONE NIGHT ONLY: A GRAND PLAY FOR THE HOLIDAY and listed their three names. She touched up the painted backdrop (it was impossible to fix entirely; Nina always colored outside of the lines), and then positioned it in the living room. When the set was ready, she added sequins to the tulle ballet-skirt-turned-princess-gown that she would wear at the end.
Mere,舡 he said quietly, putting his hands on her shoulders. She knew what he wanted: for her to lean back into him, to let herself be held. There was a part of her that wanted it, too, longed for that comfort, in fact, but the larger part of her舒the part that was hanging on to hope one breath at a time舒didn舗t dare soften. In his arms, she might fall apart, and what good would that do? 舠Let me hold you,舡 he said into her ear. She shook her head. How was it he didn舗t understand? She worried about her father in a way that consumed her.
A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks