The American Lover
This is a seductive new collection of stories from the Orange Prize-winning author of The Road Home and Restoration Trapped in a London flat, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s' Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster's cottage, miles from Moscow. A father, finally free of his daughter's demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor. "Glorious...She demonstrates the effortless magic of the seasoned storyteller." (The Times).
A seductive new collection from 'a magnificent story-teller' (Independent on Sunday)
Shortlisted for Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story 2015 and BBC National Short Story Award 2014.
"Powerful, involving, wide-ranging collection" -- Gerard Woodward Guardian "Tremain presents a large cast of ill-starred characters, each laid low by their heart... But even in the most melancholy stories, Tremain delivers slivers of hope or humour to temper the tragedies... This collection highlights with subtlety and grace just how human it is to get things wrong" Daily Telegraph "Warm, moving, often humorous and sometimes heartbreaking" -- Michelle Margherita, 5 stars Stylist "A seemingly effortless performance... the writing glides along, elegantly dropping details that suggest a whole way of life" -- Phil Baker The Sunday Times "The American Lover is...superb, each story a perfectly cut jewel" -- Neel Mukherjee Irish Times "With a keen ear for dialogue and restless changes of scene, she shows desire and disappointment to be universal, timeless emotions" -- Nicholas Blincoe Sunday Telegraph "Tremain's stories offer an elegant snapshot of other people's lives that leaves an emotional impact long after you close the book" -- Michelle Margherita Stylist "Whatever Tremain's canvas, she has a knack of infecting the reader with her own absorption. The cumulative effect of The American Lover is thus deeply satisfying and unsettling" -- Rosemary Goring Herald Scotland "With her razor-sharp talent, Rose Tremain hooks you in by line one and never lets you go. In these sophisticated short stories she doesn't allow a single sentence to slouch" -- Kerry Fowler Sainsbury's Magazine "Tremain's a gifted storyteller with an enviable lightness of touch" -- Sebastian Shakespeare Tatler "A pleasure to read" -- Sarah A. Smith Literary Review "There is nothing blousy or indulgent about Tremain's prose - quite the opposite. Her sentences have an arrow-like quality that strikes to the heart, and as a...master of the form, she knows exactly what to leave out. The result is a superb collection that will leave you hungry for more" -- Stephanie Cross Lady "In this delightful collection of short stories, the award-winning author burrows deep into the essence of her characters so we're immersed in their lives in just a few pages" Bella "Stunning collection of short stories" -- Deirdre O'brien Sunday Mirror "Tremain's canvas is broad, flitting numbly through time and the breadth of human emotions" Sunday Express "Rose Tremain can turn her hand to almost anything, be it glittering historical fiction or contemporary social realism, and this skillful new collection brims over with human feeling" Metro "Understated and unshowy, Tremain is a consummate stylist" Mail on Sunday "In these wide-ranging stories - playful, elaborate, but never showy...- she allows her readers to feel similarly imperiled but, mercifully, unobserved" -- Alex Clark New Statesman
Rose Tremain's bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country). Restoration was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. The sequel, Merivel, was published to rapturous acclaim in 2012, and the Telegraph described the character of Robert Merivel as 'one of the great imaginative creations in English literature of the past fifty years'. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and was appointed Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 2013. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.