The Stranger's Child

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 - Fiction - 435 pages
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From the Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Line of Beauty: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations.

In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate—a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance—to his family's modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne's autograph album will change their and their families' lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried—until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.

Rich with Hollinghurst's signature gifts—haunting sensuality, delicious wit and exquisite lyricism—The Stranger's Child is a tour de force: a masterly novel about the lingering power of desire, how the heart creates its own history, and how legends are made.
  

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The Stranger's Child

User Review  - Barbara Love - Book Verdict

On the eve of World War I, Cecil Valance, a wildly attractive and promising young poet, pays a visit to the home of his Cambridge boyfriend, the son of one of England's fine old families. He ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

Loved it. Sprawling story spanning the years between 1913 and 2008. Shades of both Howard's End and Hollinghurst's The Swimming Pool Library. His best book to date. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
6
Section 3
12
Section 4
30
Section 5
41
Section 6
53
Section 7
67
Section 8
87
Section 13
207
Section 14
214
Section 15
223
Section 16
282
Section 17
285
Section 18
299
Section 19
311
Section 20
323

Section 9
95
Section 10
114
Section 11
151
Section 12
191
Section 21
349
Section 22
380
Section 23
401
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About the author (2011)

Alan Hollinghurst is the author of the novels The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star, The Spell and The Line of Beauty, which won the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He lives in London.

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