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The Narrow Land

Author(s): Christine Dwyer Hickey

Fiction and NZ Fiction

Winner of the Walter Scott Prize 2020.   "A brilliant portrait... With a beguiling grace and a deceptive simplicity, Christine Dwyer Hickey reminds us that the past is never far away - rather, it constantly surrounds us, suspends us, haunts us." Colum McCann 1950: late summer season on Cape Cod. Michael, a ten-year-old boy, is spending the summer with Richie and his glamorous but troubled mother. Left to their own devices, the boys meet a couple living nearby - the artists Jo and Edward Hopper - and an unlikely friendship is forged. She, volatile, passionate and often irrational, suffers bouts of obsessive sexual jealousy. He, withdrawn and unwell, depressed by his inability to work, becomes besotted by Richie's frail and beautiful Aunt Katherine who has not long to live - an infatuation he shares with young Michael. A novel of loneliness and regret, the legacy of World War II and the ever-changing concept of the American Dream.


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Winner of the Walter Scott Prize 2020

General Fields

  • : 9781786496720
  • : Atlantic Books, Limited
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : January 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Christine Dwyer Hickey
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.92
  • : 352