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The Love She Left Behind

A Novel

Amanda Coe (Author)

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A bitingly comic exploration of an unforgettably dysfunctional family, from a writer who wields great "comic rhythm" (The New Yorker). This ferociously funny family saga journeys into the mysteries of many kinds of love.

England, 1983. A celebrated love story entertains the nation: Patrick, the sexy young playwright, scourge of an enthralled establishment, marries Sara, who has abandoned her two children to fulfill her destiny as Patrick’s beautiful, devoted muse. Thirty-five years later, Sara’s death leaves Patrick alone in their crumbling house in Cornwall, with his whisky, his writer’s block and his undimmed rage against the world. The children Sara left behind, Louise and Nigel, are now adults—with memories, questions and agendas of their own. What was their mother really like? Why did she leave them? What has she left them? And how can Patrick carry on without the love of his life?

As versions of the past collide with realities in the present, Sara’s heirs do battle over ownership of this much beloved woman. But the closer Louise and Nigel get to the true story of Sara’s great love affair, the greater its mystery. Secrets and lies, scenes and letters: how do any of us piece together the people who made us what we are?

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35300-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Perfectly and acerbically rendered.” — Christian Science Monitor

“Fresh and vicious,” — NPR

“Coe is a shrewd, nervy writer.” — New York Times Book Review

“Blackly comic . . . crisply plotted and filled with pleasurably sharp observations.” — Guardian

“An uncomfortable but brilliantly acute reading of grief, self-interest and the persistence of old wounds.” — Financial Times

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