The American Lover (Hardcover)

By Rose Tremain

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393246711, 240pp.

Publication Date: February 23, 2015



Trapped in a London apartment, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster's cottage, miles from Moscow. A young woman who is about to marry a rich aristocrat instead begins a torrid relationship with a construction worker. A father, finally free of his daughter's demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. A middle-aged woman cares for her injured mother at Christmas. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor, Daphne du Maurier.

Rose Tremain awakens the senses in this magnificent and diverse collection of short stories. In her precise yet sensuous style, she lays bare the soul of her characters--the admirable, the embarrassing, the unfulfilled, the sexy, and the adorable--to uncover a dazzling range of human emotions and desires.

About the Author

ROSE TREMAIN's bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize ("The Road Home"), the Whitbread Novel of the Year ("Music & Silence"), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger ("Sacred Country"). "Restoration" was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. Her short story, 'Moth', was also filmed (as the award-winning Ricky) by Francois Ozon in 2009. Her most recent novel, "Trespass," was a Richard and Judy Bookclub Choice. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and was appointed Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 2013. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.