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Caroline's Bikini by Kirsty Gunn (Faber & Faber)

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Faber & Faber
FORMAT: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780571339358
RRP: £7.99
PAGES: 256
PUBLICATION DATE: June 19, 2018

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Caroline’s Bikini

By Kirsty Gunn

Art needs a sense of lack to bring about its own effects; where there is no feeling of need to make up a shortfall, there will be no work.”Alright” I said, “I’ll try…” This is how Emily Stuart opens the intricately involved account of a classic love affair that becomes Caroline’s Bikini: a tale of hope, passion, and the power of the imagination.For they say, the story of love – or, rather, falling in love – is timeless, and that unrequited love is the most passionate of all. It’s certainly a narrative that is, in its own curious and enticing way, as old as Western literature itself.The moment Emily’s friend Evan Gordonstone, a successful middle-aged financier, meets the glamorous Caroline Beresford at Richmond home, we are immediately immersed a whole new kind of world. Thus begins a hypnotic series of intense conversations set against the beguiling backdrop of West London’s bars, fuelled by liberal G&Ts. From early winter to July’s hot swelter, Emily narrates Evan’s passion for Caroline – a former horsewoman and PR expert, and now mother, hostess, housewife and landlady – to the brink of his own destruction.In a mischievously intelligent novel about desire, ambition, and friendship – about Petrarch and his Laura, Dante and Beatrice, Evan and Caroline – the acclaimed Kirsty Gunn explores the nature of courtly love in a modern world not celebrated for its restraint and abstraction.Ready. Steady. Go!

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