This debut novel put me in mind of the fabulous Revolutionary Road, and also, of course, The Great Gatsby. The setting is the East Coast of America, Martha's Vineyard, and predominantly Tiger House, the family estate there where Nick and her cousin Helena have grown up. As the novel opens, it is the end of World War II, and their lives are on the cusp of change. Nick's husband Hughes is returning home from the war, whilst Helena is moving to Hollywood to marry Avery Lewis.
The reader gets the opportunity to view certain events through the eyes of more than one of the characters, and see the different interpretations, some very strained relationships. The shifts in time within the narratives mean the reader needs to keep on top of events in the story.
Published by Picador on 2nd August 2012
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