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By LINDA GRANT
RRP: $36.99, Virago
This exquisitely crafted new novel from award-winning writer Linda Grant is a thoughtful and engaging story of a London family from the late sixties to the present.
In 1968 Stephen Newman arrives in England from California. Sent down from Oxford, he hurriedly marries his English girlfriend Andrea to avoid returning to America and the draft board. Over the next forty years they and their friends build lives of middle-class success until the events of late middle-age and the new century force them to realise that their fortunate generation has always lived in a fool's paradise.
Entwining three generations’ secrets and longings, We Had It so Good is a subtle and richly layered novel that tells many truths, from the fragility of our dreams to how little we know of our parents until it is too late. It is a novel that illuminates our times, as only Linda Grant can.