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Canongate, 2007 - Fiction - 198 pages
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Like a Welsh Am lie set in a pub, Gold is a tender, understated tale of love, loss, and growing up. It is also vintage Dan Rhodes, one of the most critically beloved novelists working today. Miyuki Woodward, lover of beer and microwaveable food, has been taking a two-week vacation--away from her companion--to the same seaside town in Wales for the last eight years. She is made to feel at home at the salty seaside pub, where Short Mr. Hughes, Tall Mr. Hughes, and Mr. Puw are happy to add her to their trivia-contest team. This year, following an impulsive artistic act involving gold spray paint, Miyuki will take part in the most turbulent events the village has seen since Tall Mr. Hughes returned from the pub toilet without remembering to button up. Gold is a bittersweet, idiosyncratic, funny affirmation of life and a touchingly satisfying story rich in pathos, insight, and asides from the best-selling author of Timoleon Vieta Come Home and Anthropology.

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User Review  - Jo - Goodreads

Miyuki is half Welsh/half Japanese living in Wales with her longterm partner. Every year she spends two weeks in the same Welsh coastal village. This is the tale of what happens on one particular ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bookhuw - Goodreads

Another demonstration by Rhodes of his masterful less-is-more approach, reigning tight control over events whilst, deceptively, not seeming to do a great deal. Gradually, through asides or digressions, each character is fleshed out, and the whole affair is wistful and affirming all at once. Read full review

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Dan Rhodes lives in England.

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