The Essence of the Thing

The Essence of the Thing Madeleine St. John

St John is at her bittersweet best writing of the things women will do to hold on to love and the things men will do to escape it.

Nicola’s problems began when she is finally told by her partner, Jonathan, ‘that we should part…’. She nips out to the off-licence to buy cigarettes and returns to find a stranger in her living room. The stranger looks like Jonathan, talks like Jonathan, yet Nicola did not recognise him as the man he was before. Jonathan had always been predictable, but now Nicola wondered where was the man she loved? How did he become such a mystery all of a sudden? Since when did a solicitor have hidden depths? Friends gather round, always ready to offer encouragement or insult her ex-husband, yet Nicola must face up to the adjustments of Life After Jonathan. It is not the experience of liberation, empowerment and excitement it is meant to be.

  • 'There isn't a false note in the book, nothing but ravishing grace, wit and tender feelings.' Mail on Sunday
  • ”The touch is light, the dialogue crisp and funny, and the strength to be gained from friendships shines like a beacon” - Sunday Times
  • ”An astute observation of English manners” -Independent on Sunday
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Specificaties

ISBN
9780007291359
Uitgever
HarperCollins Publishers
Druk
1e
Datum
01-07-2008
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
240 pp.
Bindwijze
Paperback
Genre
Engelstalige literatuur

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