Radiant Days: A Novel

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Shoemaker & Hoard, 2007 - Fiction - 246 pages
26 Reviews
During the last days of the Balkan War in the summer of 1995, Anthony, a hapless American questioning the dot-com values that allow him to live a pampered existence in San Francisco, agrees to join Gisela, a beauty he barely knows, in a search for her son, lost in a Hungarian orphanage. In Budapest they meet Marsh, a brilliant but frustrated British war correspondent. Anthony thinks he has found in Eastern Europe what his former life was missing: enterprising young people openly questioning U.S. values, determined to remake their own world. But when an odd and edgy love triangle emerges and he discovers his mission with Gisela is much darker than he imagined, Anthony is thrown further in flux. Moving from the tattered romanticism of Budapest, through the sparkling Dalmatian coast, and into the brutalized landscape of inland Croatia, the novel takes a shocking turn of irreversible consequence.
Radiant Days is held taut in the voice of Anthony, whose desire to experience a more serious (and thrilling) life leaves injury in its wake. With a swift plot and seamless style, Michael FitzGerald delivers a story of unattainable love, misplaced lust, and the politics of compassion.

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Review: Radiant Days: A Novel

User Review  - Elina - Goodreads

Quick witted and funny in a depressing kind of way. Made me nastalgic for gritty beautiful Budapest and increases my expectation for Croatia's Dalmatian coast. Also the beginning reads like a Whit Stillman screenplay, like watching "Barcelona" :) Read full review

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User Review  - Tuck - Goodreads

what happens when an american educated "successful" web developer suddenly sheds his ennui, runs off to Hungary and former Yugoslavia with a beautiful but deceitful women, dabbles in nefarious ... Read full review


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