By Alex Miller
Autumn Laing has lengthy outlived the mythical circle of artists she cultivated within the Thirties. Now 'old and skeleton gaunt', she displays on her tumultuous courting with the abundantly proficient Pat Donlon and the impression it had on her husband, on Pat's spouse and the physique of labor which introduced Pat's occupation. A brilliantly alive and insistently lively tale of affection, loyalty and creativity.
Autumn Laing seduces Pat Donlon together with her pearly thighs and her lust for all times and artwork. In doing so she not just compromises the trusting love she has along with her husband, Arthur, she additionally steals the long run from Pat's younger and gorgeous spouse, Edith, and their unborn child.
Fifty-three years later, cantankerous, attractive, unrestrainable 85-year-old Autumn is stunned to discover inside herself a robust want for redemption. As she starts to inform her tale, she writes, 'They are all useless and i'm outdated and skeleton-gaunt. this can be the place it began...'
Written with compassion and intelligence, this vigorous, humorous and clever novel peels again the layers of storytelling and asks what fact has to do with it. Autumn Laing is an unflinchingly intimate portrait of a girl and her time - she is unforgettable
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Autumn Laing by Alex Miller