The Blue Afternoon, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 29, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
44 Reviews
"A perfect-pitch story of love and redemption" (The New York Times), Boyd's atmospheric new novel confirms his reputation as heir to the grand narrative traditions of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham. In 1936 Los angeles, as her long-estranged father tells architect Kay Fischer the story behind her secret parentage, he plunges readers into a tale of grisly murders and an illicit passion that still obsseses him 30 years later. 384 pp. Author tour.

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Good plot-master, so-so character development. - Goodreads
Boyd's writing is so beautifully descriptive... - Goodreads
Plot moves quickly and surprises reader effortlessly. - Goodreads
... interesting conventions to move the plot along. - Goodreads
The plot in the end meant little to me. - Goodreads
Funnily, the plot is also telenovelaish. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tamara Mans - Goodreads

A complex plot, historical fiction, mystery, love story. Begins and ends in 1936, from the perspective of an architect going through her own personal hard times. She meets a man who claims to be her ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

William Boyd’s first novel, A Good Man in Africa, won a Whitbread Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award; his second, An Ice-Cream War, was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and The Blue Afternoon won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction. Boyd lives in London.

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