Julia has left home. She has gone to Italy. She has left her lover, her job, her flat, the closely knit group of friends who meant so much to her. Why? And the motley group of ex-pats she finds in Verona, the Oxbridge brigade, the revolutionary Scot, the cool Canadian, the feminist Flossy - what are they doing here. Why do they find it so ...
Julia has left home. She has gone to Italy. She has left her lover, her job, her flat, the closely knit group of friends who meant so much to her. Why? And the motley group of ex-pats she finds in Verona, the Oxbridge brigade, the revolutionary Scot, the cool Canadian, the feminist Flossy - what are they doing here. Why do they find it so impossible to return home, as if their very identity has turned out to be such a trap? Centred around a love story full of twists, turns and revelations, "Home Thoughts" explores a world of lost directions, wavering commitments and misplaced ambitions as Julia's adventurous departure confronts her more mercilessly than ever with the problem of what on earth she is to do with her life. Tim Parks is the author of two prize winning novels, "Tongues of Flame" - winner of the Somerset Maugham and of the Betty Trask Award and "Loving Roger" - winner of the John Llewellyhn Rhys Memorial Award. He lives in Italy and works as a translator and teacher.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-07-01 A gaggle of lost, loopy expatriates cluster in Verona, Italy, the setting of this funny, bittersweet novel by an English writer ( Loving Roger , Tongues of Flame ) who himself lives in Verona. Julia Delaforce flees London partly to escape a 12-year affair with a married man, partly to expunge her guilt over an abortion. When she allows Sandro, a lazy Canadian Don Juan, to move into the flat she shares with Flossy, a militant feminist, it's obvious trouble lies ahead. Told mostly in letters full of gossipy backbiting, the novel exudes a sunny Italian lightheartedness that belies its serious intent. Cluttered with characters like Professoressa Bertelli, a paranoid academic, and Alan Bexley, an insufferable, high-minded writer, the story deepensand darkenswith Julia's sudden leap into maturity after her mother's stroke. Julia learns just in time that a life unlived exacts a terrible vengeance, a lesson lost on the self-seekers around her. The constantly shifting viewpoints multiply the smart comic touches. (September)
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