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3.0 out of 5 stars Sensational in parts, 20 Mar 2011
This review is from: By Nightfall (Hardcover)
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Peter is having a midlife crisis: presented with his young brother -in-law in the shower, he first mistakes him for the boyish woman he married twenty years ago, and then begins to fall in love with him, as the boy's youth and lack of ties (and resemblance to the woman he sleeps with) coalesce into a tantalising fantasy figure. We follow Peter as he becomes attracted to, fascinated by, hot for and finally in love with young Ethan. We watch breathless as he stands on the brink of giving up everything for the foolishness of youth, and then as the novel ends we follow him along the path to....well, you'll have to read it.

It's an occasionally frustrating novel. The first three chapters or so have some very odd writing in them, and little character or plot to pull us along; I was ready to give up. But then when the boy finally arrives, Cunningham is convincing in his portrayal of a man re-experiencing first love, and the lengths to which that can drive us.
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