The Sweet-Shop Owner
By Graham Swift
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679739807, 224pp.)
Publication Date: March 2, 1993
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The Sweet-Shop Owner is set during a single June day in the life of an outwardly unremarkable man whose inner world proves to be exceptionally resonant. As he tends to his customers, Willy Chapman, the sweet-shop owner, confronts the specters of his beautiful and distant wife and his clever, angry daughter, the history through which he has passed, and the great, unrequited passion that has tormented him for forty years.