Editor’s Note

“Between land & sea...”

Fitzgerald has an excellent social eye, deftly exposing those telling details in dialogue that unravel an entire scene or psyche. She depicts her characters - all of whom are suspended in some way - warmly and intricately.
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Winner of the Booker Prize

On the Battersea Reach of the Thames, a mixed bag of the slightly disreputable, the temporarily lost, and the patently eccentric live on houseboats, rising and falling with the great river’s tides. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they cling to one another in a motley yet kindly society. There is Maurice, by occupation a male prostitute, by happenstance a receiver of stolen goods. And Richard, a buttoned-up ex-navy man whose boat dominates the Reach. Then there is Nenna, a faithful but abandoned wife, the diffident mother of two young girls running wild on the waterfront streets.

It is Nenna’s domestic predicament that, as it deepens, draws the relations among this scrubby community together into ever more complex and comic patterns. The result is one of Fitzgerald’s greatest triumphs, a novel the Booker judges deemed “flawless.”

“A marvelous achievement: strong, supple, humane, ripe, generous, and graceful.” —Sunday Times

Topics: Prostitution, Family, Outcasts, Mothers and Daughters, and London

Published: Mariner Books an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on
ISBN: 9780547525501
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