On Sale: December 11, 2012
Featuring: Mary van der Linden
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Focusing on a richly significant time in our recent past,
Sebastian Faulks, the bestselling author of Birdsong
and Charlotte Gray, has written his first novel set
in America. The year is 1960—a fascinating moment of
transition in our country, when the comfortable Eisenhower
years were drawing to a close and the ruthlessly competitive
Nixon/Kennedy presidential campaign signaled the beginning
of a starkly different decade.
Mary van der Linden
has recently moved from London to Washington, D.C., with her
two children and her loving, admired husband, Charlie, who
is posted to the British Embassy. Nearly forty, Mary has
spent a lifetime as a loyal daughter, wife and mother. But
in this year of so much change, she feels compelled to break
away from her familiar world and is drawn to the freedom of
New York City, which is effervescent with parties, jazz,
three- martini lunches, girls in their summer dresses
and men in their Sinatra hats and big ties. Greenwich
Village is still charmingly bohemian, and Miles Davis’s hit
tune “On Green Dolphin Street” is playing everywhere. Mary
finds a hotel room in New York and then finds a lover, while
back in Washington her husband drinks to forget the demands
of his job, the absence of his wife and the Cold War
paranoia that has overtaken the capital.
breaks new ground with this novel: It is a love story, not a
war story, and it is set in America rather than France. Yet
readers of his two previous bestselling novels will
recognize the close focus of the historical setting, the
unforgettable characters and the gathering emotional power
of the narrative. On Green Dolphin Street is a
dramatic, tremendously moving novel that is certain to
extend the American audience for this prodigiously talented
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