The Line of Beauty: A Novel

Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the NBCC award. From Alan Hollinghurst, the acclaimed author of The Sparsholt Affair, The Line of Beauty is a sweeping novel about class, sex, and money during four extraordinary years of change and tragedy.

In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: conservative Member of Parliament Gerald, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their two children, Toby-whom Nick had idolized at Oxford-and Catherine, who is highly critical of her family's assumptions and ambitions.

As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innocent in the world of politics and money, finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family. His two vividly contrasting love affairs, one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire, dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty, a pursuit as compelling to Nick as the desire for power and riches among his friends. Richly textured, emotionally charged, disarmingly comic, this is a major work by one of our finest writers.
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About the author

Alan Hollinghurst is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Man Booker Price, the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He is the author of The Sparsholt Affair, The Swimming-Pool Library, The Stranger's Child, and The Spell. The Line of Beauty won the Man Booker Prize for fiction and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in London.
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Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Published on
Dec 17, 2008
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Pages
448
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ISBN
9781596918085
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / LGBT / Gay
Fiction / Literary
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