Cape Cod, 1950: As America gets back on its feet after the war, The Kaplans host a party to celebrate the life of their late son Billy. As Billy’s son, Richie, struggles to navigate life without his father, he forges a friendship with Michael, a German orphan, and together they befriend the artist Edward Hopper and his wife. What unfolds is a beautifully rendered story of love and regret, jealousy and obsession. Gems like this are the reason we keep reading!
- Recommended by Nicola Kennedy, Dubray Bray
1950: late summer season on Cape Cod. Michael, a ten-year-old boy, is spending the summer with Richie and his glamorous but troubled mother. Left to their own devices, the boys meet a couple living - the artists Jo and Edward Hopper - and an unlikely friendship is forged. She, volatile, passionate and often irrational, suffers bouts of obsessive sexual jealousy. He, withdrawn and unwell, depressed by his inability to work, becomes besotted by Richie's frail and beautiful Aunt Katherine who has not long to live - an infatuation he shares with young Michael. A novel of loneliness and regret, the legacy of World War II and the ever-changing concept of the American Dream.
Author Biography: Christine Dwyer Hickey has published seven novels, one short story collection and a full length play. Cold Eye of Heaven won The Kerrygroup Irish Novel of the Year 2012 and was nominated for the International IMPAC award. Her novel Tatty was nominated for The Orange Prize and was listed as one of the 50 Irish Novels of the Decade. Last Train from Liguria was nominated for the Prix L'Europeen de Litterature. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines world wide and have won several awards. The story 'Back to Bones' was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG competition 2017. Her play Snow Angels premiered at the Project Arts Centre in 2014. Her work has been published in several languages including Arabic.