Kitty and Virgil

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, May 11, 2001 - Fiction - 280 pages
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When Kitty Crozier awakens in a hospital one morning, she looks into the face of a stranger with "a glint of something like silver in his smile". Months later, she encounters him again in a London park. This time Virgil Florescu, a dissident poet who fled Romania by swimming across the Danube, doesn't disappear. Virgil's delicate courtship of the shy Kitty blossoms into a captivating romance that shines through even the darkest Eastern European past. Moving fluidly between contemporary times, 1930s Romania, and England during the 1950s, Kitty & Virgil tells an epic and bittersweet story of two unlikely lovers and their extraordinary families. Paul Bailey writes a humorous and heartbreaking tale that expertly combines a classic English comedy of manners with a haunting meditation on the burdens of the past.

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User Review  - dickcraig - LibraryThing

I found out about this book over the Internet and purchased it at a little bookstore in Fremont. It is a quasi-Romanian novel. It is a love story that is an easy read and will stay with you. Read full review

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When Kitty Crozier meets dissident Romanian poet and compulsive storyteller Virgil Florescu in the hospital, love blooms immediately. Their tale is played out against a backdrop of repression and ... Read full review


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Paul Bailey has been the recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award, & the George Orwell Memorial Prize. He is the author of six novels, including "Old Soldiers" & "Gabriel's Lament", both short-listed for the Booker Prize. He lives in England.

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