Lewis has a problem, and it won't go away. For the last twenty years, he has been haunted by the memory of his brother, by a stolen car and a river running full, and most of all by the boy at the wheel. Carl Finn, sociopath, liar, and drug runner, has remained his enemy. Lewis's life is one of self-torment and introversion, all darkness and no ...
Lewis has a problem, and it won't go away. For the last twenty years, he has been haunted by the memory of his brother, by a stolen car and a river running full, and most of all by the boy at the wheel. Carl Finn, sociopath, liar, and drug runner, has remained his enemy. Lewis's life is one of self-torment and introversion, all darkness and no light until he meets Anna. Anna is haunted too, but her ghost is very much alive. Rita, Anna's mother, is the exact opposite of her daughter. Loud, carefree, a daredevil, at seventy-six and with a boarding house to run, she really ought to take more care. Rita has suffered a fall, which forces Anna to leave London and spend the winter looking after her mother in Yarmouth. It would be straightforward, were it not for Vernon, a retired actor and bon vivant, who behaves more like Rita's boyfriend than a paying guest. Despite Anna's protestations, the two live every day as if it might be their last. Into this environment of carousing and cocktails stumbles Lewis, set to find the person responsible for his brother's death. He recognizes in Anna a kindred spirit, and she in him. As they search for solutions to their problems, Anna and Lewis find themselves having to face troubling truths about who they are and what they might become with electrifying consequences. Told against the backdrop of the Norfolk coast, with its massive skies and devastating sea, "Winterton Blue" is an enthralling novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of "The Hiding Place" and "Remember Me". In prose that touches the sublime, "Trezza Azzopardi" tells a moving, funny and sad story, one that never lets the reader go.
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-10-30 Anna, a graphic designer, may have a streak of gray in her hair, but she's still young and inchoate. Lewis, a dodgy loner, is on a late, misguided, oedipally fueled quest to avenge his twin brother's death following a car accident 20 years earlier. In alternating scenes-sometimes whole chapters, sometimes just a few paragraphs-Anna and Lewis meet, and, uneasily, inflame each other at a British seaside B&B. The place is owned by Anna's mother, Rita, who at 76 is vivacious but in shaky health; Anna has been summoned there by Rita's quasi- companion, retired actor Vernon Savoy, to look in on her. Anna, partially deaf (perhaps psychologically) since childhood, seems so vulnerable, and Lewis (who is tracking down the death car's driver), so blankly menacing, that as they come together murder seems as likely as romance. Vernon, meanwhile, has little patience for Anna's ambivalence toward Rita. The Welsh-born Azzopardi, whose Hiding Place was a Man Booker finalist, does certain kinds of interiority exquisitely, as when writing about Anna's obsession with Rita's tourmaline ring. But her extreme stream-of-consciousness style forces readers to fill in narrative gaps, offers few clues to Anna's feeling for Lewis and makes secondary characters (Anna's charming maybe-suitor Brendan; Lewis's thuggish-yet-sweet sometime-stepfather Manny) confuse more than thicken the plot. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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