Oxygen

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Harcourt, 2003 - Fiction - 352 pages
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It is the summer of 1997. In England, Alec Valentine is returning home 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, knowing it will be hard to conceal that his acting career is sliding toward sleaze and his marriage is faltering. In Paris, on the other hand, the Hungarian exile László Lázár, whose play Alec is translating, seems to have it all--a comfortable home, critical acclaim, a loving boyfriend, and a close circle of friends. Yet he cannot shake off the memories of the 1956 uprising and the cry for help he left unanswered. As these unforgettable characters soon learn, the moment has come to assess the turns taken and the opportunities missed. For each of them will soon take part in acts of liberation, even if they are not necessarily what they might have expected.
Evoking an extraordinary range of emotions and insights, Oxygen lives and breathes beyond the final page.

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User Review  - kambrogi - LibraryThing

This literary novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and it’s easy to see why. Four interrelated characters, each facing a personal transition, struggles to find his or her way. Through separate ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steph - Goodreads

At first the characters annoyed me, with their flaws clear from the outset. As I continued to read though I found myself drawn into their lives and eager to discover their fate. Beautifully written ... 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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