David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced ONE DAY in this brilliant, bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014.
SOON TO BE A MAJOR BBC DRAMA STARRING TOM HOLLANDER AND SASKIA REEVE
Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home.
He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together.
So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.
The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.
What could possibly go wrong?
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The author of the runaway bestseller One Day tackles a different, more mature love story in the fantastically moving Us. Nominated for the Man Booker Prize longlist, David Nicholls’ novel starts when 54-year-old Douglas Petersen’s wife of more than two decades announces she’s leaving after their only son, Albie, heads to college in the autumn. Desperate to recapture Connie’s heart, Douglas organises a grand European vacation, during which he reflects on the past and attempts to mend his relationships with the two most important people in his life. Nicholls’ middle-aged narrator is a triumph: warmhearted, self-deprecating, honest—and dazzlingly human.
In Nicholls's (One Day) latest novel, Connie Peterson wakes her husband Douglas in the middle of the night to tell him she may want to end their marriage. The family already has a European trip planned, the last before their son, Albie, leaves their London suburb for college, and Douglas, ever the scientist, hatches a plan to change Connie's mind: he will ensure their trip becomes an exemplar of the happy family they can be. Working against Douglas is the fact that he and his son have suffered a strained relationship from birth, and that Connie, an artist at heart, believes an organic vacation one that evolves from the whims of any given day would be a great improvement over Douglas's strict, pedantic itineraries. Douglas is an amiably bumbling narrator, and Nicholls convincingly infuses his protagonist's voice with the dry wit and charm that have served the author so well in his previous books. This is Nicholls's most ambitious work to date, and his realistically flawed characters are somehow endearing despite the many bruises they inflict upon each other.
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Beautifully written if a little melancholic. This novel took a bit longer to sink into than "One Day" but once your are taking in, you cannot but it down. The play between the characters is smart and sensitive, the complexities of modern life beautifully portrayed.
Clichéd and one dimensional
Gave up on this as I had no empathy for the protagonist.
I was really disappointed with this book. I was getting so bored of the story I wanted to skip to the end to find out what happened instead of having to read it all! Bad ending too.