Monday, April 1, 2013

God on the Rocks by Jane Gardam

God on the RocksGod on the Rocks by Jane Gardam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Humor and heartbreak in delectable prose.  I adore Gardam and have for decades.  As the first paragraph of the NYT review by Nancy Kline puts it:
“God on the Rocks” is so charming a novel that you don’t want to give away a single one of the many twists of its plot. As its central character might ask: “Why can’t she just — not?” But Jane Gardam must be shared. She’s a find who’s just beginning to be found, at least on our side of the Atlantic (thanks to the novels “Old Filth” and “The Man in the Wooden Hat”), although more than 20 of her books have been published in England and she has won numerous prizes. Now at last comes the American publication of her early novel “God on the Rocks,” which was a finalist for the Booker Prize back in 1978.

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