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Ordinary People

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/03/2019
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Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019 Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2019 South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn't want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can't quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian's father has thrown him into crisis - or is it something, or someone, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap? Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama's historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784707248
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm

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Ordinary People
Well drawn characters in a recognisable London
I liked a lot about this portrait of marriage an all that it can entail. The characters were well drawn and believable, London was recognisable to someone ... READ MORE
Sharan Clair
Ordinary People
Gorgeous, gritty and clever
I loved this - a gorgeous, poetic but gritty portrait of two middle class couples in South London, dealing with the tensions of married life, kids, ethnici... READ MORE