A Weekend in New York
A brilliant new novel of family life from one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists and the winner of the James Tait Black Award: Ben Markovits.
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‘Elegant and absorbing.’ Guardian
‘A book to be savoured.’ Observer
‘Intimate, funny . . . Masterfully done.’ Daily Mail
‘Sophisticated and engrossing.’ Literary Review
Paul is a mid-ranking tennis professional on the ATP tour. His girlfriend Dana is an ex-model and photographer, and together with their two-year-old son they form a tableau of the contented upper-middle-class New York family. But Paul’s parents and siblings have come to stay in the build-up to the US Open, and with summer storms brewing, several generations of domestic tension are brought to boiling point . . .
Elegant, absorbing . . . What a fine ear Markovits has for the way people talk . . . Each exchange is a prolonged, expert rally, with the book as the ball, bearing the imprint of each family member in turn.
A book to be savoured … for its granular evocation of family life . . . Hugely enjoyable.
Intimate, funny and agile enough to capture the ever-shifting sands on which family life is built . . . Masterfully done.
Sophisticated and engrossing . . . full of authentically captured emotion and wonderfully acute observation . . . the imprint of Saul Bellow is evident [yet] Markovits’s voice feels wholly his own . . . This is a subtle, ruminative novel of family life, generational conflict and compromise [and] marks a novelist coming into his own.
A good writer makes the reading easy and Markovits makes for a smooth, immersive ride … Markovits has a lively eye for the small, ingrained moments of everyday life, and this gives his writing its authenticity.
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