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On Green Dolphin Streetby Sebastian Faulks
Synopses & Reviews
A work of passion and breadth, set in Cold War America, from the bestselling author of Birdsong and Charlotte Gray.
America, 1959. With two young children she adores, loving parents back in London, and an admired husband, Charlie, working at the British Embassy in Washington, the world seems an effervescent place of parties, jazz and family happiness to Mary van der Linden. But the Eisenhower years are ending, and 1960 brings the presidential battle between two ambitious senators: John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. An American newspaper reporter, Frank Renzo, enters the van der Lindens lives, and through him Mary is forced to confront the terror of the Cold War that is the dark background of their carefree existence. This is partly a love story, partly a novel about the United States; more
particularly, it tells of a solitary woman and her exhilarating attempt to face down death.
On Green Dolphin Street is a new departure for Faulks, yet readers will recognize the intensely close focus of the characterization, the wide historical perspective, and the gathering emotional power of the narrative.
Both a poignant love story and a period portrait of America, this is the story of a solitary woman in great turmoil. As the Eisenhower years end and 1960 ushers in John F. Kennedy. Mary van der Linden confronts the terror of the Cold War - a dark background to her carefree existence in Washington.
A departure for Faulks in terms of the historical period of his setting, that bears the usual hallmarks of strong characterisation and emotional power that we associate with previous bestsellers such as "Birdsong" and "Charlotte Gray". America during the Cold War provides the setting for a tale of adultery, music, alcohol and the promising dawn of a new era. "Compelling... Faulks has become an international sensation" "Guardian".
About the Author
Sebastian Faulks was born in 1953. His novels include the trilogy, The Girl at the Lion dOr, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray. His other books include A Fools Alphabet and the acclaimed triple-biography, The Fatal Englishman. After a period in France, he and his family now live in London.
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