Still Here

Still Here

Book - 2002
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Alix, arrogant, middle-aged and angry comes home to the derelict port of Liverpool as her mother lies dying. Irritably resigned to living alone for the rest of her life she suddenly finds herself erotically attracted to a stranger. Joseph is an American architect who has come to the city to build a hotel. Refusing to accept that his wife has left him or the trauma of a war he once fought in, the question is whether these survivors of the battles of the Seventies are meant for each other or not. And what happened to a factory in Dresden which long ago made the perfect face cream . . .

'Perhaps her most accessible novel to date ... Grant's prose is blunt, honest, yet often beautiful and bitingly funny. Equally comfortable discussing concepts of justice and grooming routinme, the voices Grant creates are striking and authentic. Her characters are irascible, witty, fierce, and full of the contradictions and blind spots that make them wholly human. This is a compelling and satisfying novel' Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room
Publisher: London, Eng. : Little, Brown, 2002.
ISBN: 9780349116167
9780316859936
0316859931
Characteristics: 375 p. ;,22 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

The high quality of writing that Linda Grant displayed in When I lived in Modern Times, winner of the British Orange Prize for fiction, has been maintained with her new novel. Alix, a middle-aged woman living in the south of France, independently wealthy and bitingly intelligent, goes home to Liverpool to be with her dying mother. When she meets Joseph, an American architect, she finds herself erotically attracted to him. But Joseph is at war with himself, mourning his wife who has left him to rediscover herself. Family secrets unfold and Joseph and Alix find their way through the consequences of choices made long ago.

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Aug 01, 2012

This book is worth reading for learning about the wonderful architecture of Liverpool. It is about the common Grant themes of family and women and middle age. Good.

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