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The Sweet-Shop Owner is set during a single June day in the life of an outwardly unremarkable man whose inner world proves to be exceptionally resonant. As he tends to his customers, Willy Chapman, the sweet-shop owner, confronts the specters of his beautiful and distant wife and his clever, angry daughter, the history through which he has passed, and the great, unrequited passion that has tormented him for forty years.

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Graham Swift lives in London and is the author of seven previous novels: The Sweet-Shop Owner; Shuttlecock, which received the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; Waterland, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize and won the Guardian Fiction Award, the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, and the Italian Premio Grinzane Cavour; Out of This World; Ever After, which won the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; Last Orders, which was awarded the Booker Prize; and, most recently, The Light of Day. He is also the author of Learning to Swim, a collection of short stories. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

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Bookwomyn, March 29, 2008 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
Poor old Willy. Told in flashback - it's the story of a sad old soul. He had a self-absorbed wife who finally had the decency to die - leaving him with a brat of a daughter who, on this day in Willy's life, only wants her inheritance. She does not care for her father though he always longed for a real relationship with her. His employees are nothing special either though one woman would gladly 'adopt' him. (Spoiler alert) He finally just puts his life in order, gives his employees something extra in their pay envelopes and goes home to die. It's a sad book but also a peep inside the life of one (really many) old solitary man - and a very interesting one.
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ISBN:
9780679739807
Author:
Swift, Graham
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
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Vintage International
Series Volume:
no. (HCFA)
Publication Date:
19930331
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.06x5.27x.68 in. .56 lbs.

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