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on 27 November 2015
After enjoying “Blood and Beauty” and “Birth of Venus” I thought I’d catch up on some of Dunant’s earlier novels.
This one written in 1988 is a straightforward novel compared to these 2 books.
Elly is in a dangerous relationship with her drug-dealing boyfriend and wants to end it but lacks the courage to do so. She invites her oldest friend to stay with her in America in the hope she’ll help her make the right decision. What follows is an intriguing story of relationships, loyalty, truth and betrayal.
It is well written although not quite as lyrical as the historical novels. I also don’t think time has favoured this novel. Some novels with classic themes are timeless but I think this one with the dominance of foreign travel and the drug trade dates it a little bit and it’s only through the quality of writing and the intricate exploration of female friendship that makes it still an interesting read 27 years later.