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An Unexpected Guest

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Publisher Comments:

"A beautifully written novel about living with our many selves."

- Nicola Keegan, author of Swimming

Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. More unnerving is a recurring face in the crowd, one that belonged to another, darker era of her life. One she never expected to see again.

Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party.

Review:

"It's not surprising that the prolific short-fiction writer Korkeakivi's debut novel takes place over a 24-hour period. What is surprising is the depth and magnitude she attains from what first appears to be a thin premise. Clare Moorhouse is the wife of a British diplomat stationed in Paris, a man in line for a promotion to the ambassadorship of Ireland. All Clare has to do is host an elegant dinner with top-ranking officials — and make sure it runs smoothly. It's something she's done a thousand times, but this evening is different. The mention of Ireland triggers a flood of memories regarding a youthful but grave mistake she made in college that she's never forgiven herself for. Running errands throughout the city in preparation for the party, she's forced to face the demons she's been carrying by encounters with two men — one of whom has been dead for more than 20 years. Korkeakivi fluidly fuses the past and present, building a solid character in Clare and powerfully exploring whether redemption from past regrets is possible and the lengths one must go to attain it. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Anne Korkeakivi was born and raised in New York City but currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband, who works at the United Nations, and two daughters. She has also lived in France, Finland, and a number of states in the Union, accumulating a B.A. in Classics and an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature. Her short stories have run in The Yale Review,The Atlantic, The Bellevue Literary Review, and other magazines.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316196772
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Korkeakivi, Anne
Author:
Roston Korkeakivi, Anne
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Husbands and wives; Diplomats; Parties; Presumed deaths; Mothers and sons; Regret; Memories; Redemption; Moral dilemmas; Secrets; Terrorists
Publication Date:
20130103
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.75 x 6.5 x 1 in 1.08 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's not surprising that the prolific short-fiction writer Korkeakivi's debut novel takes place over a 24-hour period. What is surprising is the depth and magnitude she attains from what first appears to be a thin premise. Clare Moorhouse is the wife of a British diplomat stationed in Paris, a man in line for a promotion to the ambassadorship of Ireland. All Clare has to do is host an elegant dinner with top-ranking officials — and make sure it runs smoothly. It's something she's done a thousand times, but this evening is different. The mention of Ireland triggers a flood of memories regarding a youthful but grave mistake she made in college that she's never forgiven herself for. Running errands throughout the city in preparation for the party, she's forced to face the demons she's been carrying by encounters with two men — one of whom has been dead for more than 20 years. Korkeakivi fluidly fuses the past and present, building a solid character in Clare and powerfully exploring whether redemption from past regrets is possible and the lengths one must go to attain it. Agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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