The Master Bedroom: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jul 24, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
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A single woman at loose ends becomes the object of two men's affections--a father and his teenage son--in this sly, richly drawn novel After more than twenty years in London, Kate Flynn has returned to her family home in Wales to care for her aging mother. Having cast off her academic career, she is unmoored, and when she runs into a childhood friend, David Roberts, at a concert, she finds herself falling for him, although she knows she's grasping at anything to fill the sudden emptiness of her life.
For his part, David's marriage isn't as solid as it looks--his wife, Suzie, has begun acting strangely, moving out of their bedroom, neglecting their children, and disappearing for days at a time--and he begins to seek refuge with Kate from the newfound chaos of his life.
David's seventeen-year-old son, Jamie, is also drawn to Kate's eccentricity and her strange, glamorous old house full of books and music and history. As both father and son set about their parallel courtships, Tessa Hadley's intricate, graceful novel explores the tangled web of connections between parents and children, revealing how each generation replays the stories of the one that came before, in new and sometimes startling patterns.

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User Review  - Pamela Darling - Goodreads

I completed reading The Master Bedroom with the expectation that something positive was going to be revealed about the three main characters. I was disappointed in the ending. I felt I had been robbed ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sherry Bryan - Goodreads

Not a bad book, but ultimately disappointing. There are some good aspects to this book, the author has an effective and lyrical style, but overall I walked away feeling let down. The gravitas of ... Read full review


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Tessa Hadley teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University. She is the author of two novels, Everything Will Be All Right and Accidents in the Home, both available from Picador. Accidents in the Home was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker. She lives in Cardiff, Wales.

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