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'He followed her eyes skyward to a bird that was falling, turning and turning, like a heart that had leapt free. It fell, and as it did it became a falcon. He was transfixed.' Julian's fall begins the moment he sets eyes on Julia. Julia is married and eight years his senior; he is a gifted English student, a life of academia ahead. Ignoring warnings from family and friends they each give up all they have to be together. Their new life in London offers immense happiness, especially after their longed-for daughter Mira is born. When Julian hears that Firdaws, his boyhood home, is for sale he sets out to recreate a lost paradise for his new family. Once again, love blinds him. It is only when Mira becomes terrifyingly ill that it is impossible for Julia to conceal from him the explosive secret that she has been keeping at the heart of their lives. Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Polly Samson's second novel explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. The result is an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication Date: 12/03/2015 ISBN-13: XSIGNF1583  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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After being quietly floored by the simple emotional power of Samson's short story collection, Perfect Lives, I started this in expectation, and finished it wrenched and drained. Electric with visceral description, passion winces and pain grits its teeth, as lives spill across each other. Perspectives shift and the motley cast of each person's life rises and recedes. The narrative is deftly crafted to seem storm-tossed by fate, its conclusion a reminder that novels are a slice of life that we should be able to extrapolate beyond the page. Fans of the emotional heft of Kazuo Ishiguro or Michael Ondaatje should find this very satisfying.

Jonathan, Web Editor

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 07/04/2015

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