By Edward St. Aubyn
(Grove Press, Open City Books, Paperback, 9781890447366, 456pp.)
Publication Date: October 2003
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Some Hope marks the U.S. debut of Edward St. Aubyn, highly acclaimed in the United Kingdom as one of the most original, intelligent, and acerbically witty voices of our time. From Provence to New York to Gloucestershire, through the savageries of a childhood with a tyrannical father and an alcoholic mother, to a young adulthood fraught with dissolute behavior, we follow Patrick Melrose's search for redemption amid a crowd of glittering social dragonflies whose vapidity is the subject of his most stinging and memorable barbs. At once hilarious and deeply moving, Some Hope originally published in England as three separate novels is a stunningly authentic depiction of a man's journey to and from the farthest limits of the human gamut.