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Publisher Comments:

On a secluded hillside in Jamaica lies Firefly, Noël Coward's peaceful retreat. Here, between sundowners and sunsets, brandies and cigarettes, the seventy-year-old Coward whiles away his days — a comforting, frustrating pattern of unwanted breakfasts, reluctant walks, graceless dips in the pool — in the company of his manservant Patrice. Set over a series of summer days in the early 1970s, Firefly flits through Coward's dreams and memories, his successes and regrets, against a sultry, seductive backdrop of blue skies and glistening water. Colorful and contemplative, this is a moving portrait of old age and friendship, and a poignant appraisal of a life well lived.

Review:

"Famed for his quick wit and sartorial elegance, playwright Noel Coward was a legend in his own time. But in Jenkins's (Columbus Day) new novel, that time has passed. Bitter and disillusioned, Coward is now an old man who has become a ghost of his own legend. Secluded inside Firefly, his Jamaican retreat, Coward lives a purgatorial existence smoking and drinking by the pool, interrupted only by periodic visits from former lovers who act more like caretakers. In his isolation, Coward constantly drifts off, reliving moments from his charmed life with cameos from such luminaries as Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, and Gertrude Lawrence. Amid these specters is Coward's youthful manservant, Patrice, an aspiring writer, whose naivete, vivaciousness, and aspiration simultaneously repels and charms the cynical Coward. As Coward forges a unique and complex relation with Patrice — less than a friend, more than an employer — he comes to understand how the world has moved past him, how London favors the young and the bold. Jenkins brilliantly captures the story of a hoity-toity intellectual in his final days, as his talent and health begin to fade leaving him with little but his memories and legacy for solace. The result is a tender and melancholy read. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Janette Jenkins was born in Bolton, UK in 1965. She earned a degree in Literature and Philosophy and an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She wrote three novels prior to Firefly: Columbus Day, Another Elvis Love Child and Angel of Brooklyn. Her short stories have been featured in newspapers and anthologies, including Stand Magazine, and have been broadcast on Radio 4. She lives in Durham, UK.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609451400
Author:
Jenkins, Janette
Publisher:
Europa Editions
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
156
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.25 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Famed for his quick wit and sartorial elegance, playwright Noel Coward was a legend in his own time. But in Jenkins's (Columbus Day) new novel, that time has passed. Bitter and disillusioned, Coward is now an old man who has become a ghost of his own legend. Secluded inside Firefly, his Jamaican retreat, Coward lives a purgatorial existence smoking and drinking by the pool, interrupted only by periodic visits from former lovers who act more like caretakers. In his isolation, Coward constantly drifts off, reliving moments from his charmed life with cameos from such luminaries as Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, and Gertrude Lawrence. Amid these specters is Coward's youthful manservant, Patrice, an aspiring writer, whose naivete, vivaciousness, and aspiration simultaneously repels and charms the cynical Coward. As Coward forges a unique and complex relation with Patrice — less than a friend, more than an employer — he comes to understand how the world has moved past him, how London favors the young and the bold. Jenkins brilliantly captures the story of a hoity-toity intellectual in his final days, as his talent and health begin to fade leaving him with little but his memories and legacy for solace. The result is a tender and melancholy read. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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