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A Weekend in New York

Benjamin Markovits

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 . . .

Critic Reviews

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.

Xan Brooks, Guardian
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A book to be savoured … for its granular evocation of family life . . . Hugely enjoyable.

Anthony Cummins, Observer
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Intimate, funny and agile enough to capture the ever-shifting sands on which family life is built . . . Masterfully done.

Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
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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.

Jude Cook, Literary Review
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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.

Alasdair McKillop, Herald

Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He is the author of eleven novels, including Either Side of Winter, You Don’t Have To Live Like This, and Christmas in Austin. He has published essays, stories, poetry and reviews on subjects ranging from the Romantics to American sports in the Guardian, Granta, The Paris Review and The New York…

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