A deeply affecting love story set in the gritty yet magnificent theater world of 1970’s London by the award-winning, bestselling Sadie Jones, author of The Uninvited Guests and The Outcast
Luke is a young playwright: intense, magnetic and hungry for experience. Fleeing a disastrous upbringing, he arrives in London and moves into a flat with Paul, an aspiring producer, and the beautiful, fiery Leigh. The three of them set up a radical theatre company, their friendship forged in rehearsal rooms above pubs, candlelit power cuts, and smoky late-night parties, part of a thrilling new generation of writers, directors, and rising voices. When Nina, a fragile actress, strays towards their group, Luke is captivated by the allure of a kindred damaged soul, and the balance between the friends is threatened. Torn between loyalty, desire, and his own painful past, everything Luke values, even the promise of the future, is in danger. Suddenly the fallout threatens to be immense.
About the Author
Sadie Jones is the author of five novels, including The Outcast, winner of the Costa First Novel Award in Great Britain and a finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize/Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; the enchanting, hard-hitting novel set on the island of Cyprus during the British occupation, Small Wars; her most successful, bestselling novel The Uninvited Guests, beloved of Ann Patchett and Jackie Winspear, among other; the romantic novel set in London's glamorous theatre world, Fallout; and most recently, the highly acclaimed, bestselling novel, The Snakes. Sadie Jones lives in London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sadie Jones created a protagonist that I love to hate and hate to love, like Harry Langstrom in John Updike's "Rabbit" series. The book made me examine issues of faith and fate.
An interesting set of characters - whose lives intertwine due to their shared interest in the theatre. Luke meets Paul and Leigh by chance in a sudden downpour. He learns that Paul is a would-be producer. Years later Luke comes to live in London and teams up with Paul. Luke meets Nina after seeing her in a play. Both Luke and Nina had difficult childhoods. Luke's mother spent most of his life in the local lunatic asylum. His father was a heavy drinker. Nina, aspiring actress, is the daughter of an actress, now past her prime and living life vicariously through her daughter. Relationships form and break up, deceptions and jealousies abound - a good read. I received a free copy in return for an honest review