The Stranger's Child - Alan Hollinghurst

Cecil Valance, poet, soldier, and seductive heir to a baronetcy, is scarcely cold in his grave at the Somme when the mythmaking about his life begins. As friends, relatives, and readers of his verse construct their various images, Cecil, like Alan Hollinghurst’s masterful novel, becomes “one set of secrets nested inside another.” The Stranger’s Child (Knopf, $27.95) opens on the eve of World War I and chronicles a century of British social and cultural history through the descendents of Valence’s circle. Hollinghurst draws great emotional power from his wide scope and large cast of characters by giving each period its own protagonist, from the innocent sixteen-year-old smitten with the dashing Cecil to the poet’s first biographer, a bank clerk so determined to reveal the truth that he unwittingly makes it up. Hollinghurst’s ultimate subject is the passing of time, and he finds in its merciless trampling of achievement and reputation fertile ground for their imaginative recreation.

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ISBN: 9780307474346
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2012