Oxygen

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Harcourt, 2003 - Fiction - 352 pages
18 Reviews
It is the summer of 1997. Alec Valentine is returning to England to care for his ailing mother, Alice, a task that only reinforces his deep sense of inadequacy. In San Francisco, his older brother Larry prepares to come home as well, preoccupied with an acting career that is sliding toward sleaze and a marriage that is faltering. In Paris, on the other hand, the Hungarian playwright Lászlo Lázár seems to have it all--critical acclaim, a loving boyfriend, and a close circle of friends--yet even he is haunted by guilt and tragedy. For each of them the time has come to assess the turns taken, the opportunities missed. And for each there will be one last chance to break free from the past and find redemption in a moment of clarity and courage.
Andrew Miller has given us an intimate, compelling meditation that evokes an extraordinary range of emotions and insights--Oxygen lives and breathes beyond the final page.

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User Review  - Martin Boyle - Goodreads

This was a massive disappointment. The writing style felt too precious and the characters a patchy lot. Even for the ones I could believe in, I found it hard to maintain an interest in their ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hubert - Goodreads

Two parallel stories: a family comes to terms with the slow and anguished passing of the family matriarch, Alice, to cancer, and a dissident writer, Laszlo, finds closure from an act of betrayal from ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Born in England in 1960, Andrew Miller has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland, and France. His first novel, Ingenious Pain, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the International IMPAC Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in London.

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