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From a rising British novelist, an artful meditation on
love and life in contemporary London
When David Pinner introduces his former teacher, the
American artist Ruth Marks, to his friend and flatmate
James Glover, he unwittingly sets in place a love triangle
loaded with tension, guilt, and heartbreak. As David plays
reluctant witness (and more) to James and Ruth’s escalating
love affair, he must come to terms with his own blighted
emotional life. Set in the London art scene awash with new
money and intellectual pretension, in the sleek galleries
and posh restaurants of a Britannia resurgent with cultural
and economic power, Nick Laird’s insightful and drolly
satirical novel vividly portrays three people whose world
gradually fractures along the ineluctable fault lines of
desire, truth, deceit, and jealousy. With wit, compassion,
and acuity, Laird explores the very nature of contemporary
romance—“The Death of Love in Modern Culture,” as David
puts it in one of his dyspeptic blog posts—among damaged
souls whose hearts and heads never quite line up long
enough for them to achieve true happiness.
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