The Lemon Grove

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“Walsh’s pacing is brilliant, her writing a combination of William Trevor and Erica Jong, as she fearlessly explores the complexities and nuances of a woman surprised by her own feelings…. Gripping…..Can mutual peace really coexist with wild chaos? Walsh’s readers will find themselves eagerly turning the pages, racing to find out.”
--The New York Times Book Review


A highly charged, sultry, beautifully written and compulsive one-sit read, The Lemon Grove is an intense novel about obsession and sex—the perfect summer book.

Jenn and Greg have been married for fourteen years, and, as the book opens, they are enjoying the last week of their annual summer holiday in Deia, a village in Majorca off the coast of southern Spain. Their days are languorous, the time passing by in a haze of rioja-soaked lunches, hours at the beach, and lazy afternoon sex in their beautiful villa. It is the perfect summer idyll . . . until Greg's teenage daughter (Jenn's stepdaughter), Emma, arrives with her new boyfriend, Nathan, in tow.

What follows, over the course of seven days, is a brilliantly paced fever dream of attraction between Jenn and the reckless yet mesmerizing Nathan. It is an intense pas de deux of push and pull, risk and consequence . . . and moral rectitude, as it gets harder and harder for Jenn to stifle her compulsion.

This is a very smart novel about many things: the loss of youth, female sexuality, the lure of May/December temptation, the vicissitudes of marriage and the politics of other people's children. It is simultaneously sexy and substantive, and Helen Walsh's masterful, even-handed tone can't help but force the reader to wonder: "What would I have done?"

Beautifully written with the tension of a rubber band just about to snap, The Lemon Grove is a book that will have people talking all summer long.
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About the author

Helen Walsh was born in Warrington, England, in 1976. Her second novel, Once Upon a Time in England, was the winner of a Somerset Maugham Award. She now lives in Liverpool.


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Publisher
Anchor
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Published on
Jun 3, 2014
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9780385538541
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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Eligible for Family Library

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In this “spellbinding and utterly unique” coming of age novel, a nineteen-year-old Liverpool student drifts into a world of drugs and sexual hedonism (The Independent).
 
Millie and her best friend, Jamie, have been through it all together. However, as Jamie begins to settle down with his girlfriend, Millie is lured away from a promising academic career toward a life of numbing drugs and increasingly deviant sexual encounters. Feeling betrayed by one of the few nurturing relationships in her life, Millie’s increasingly reckless behavior leads her to discover her own limitations, as well as the adult complexities of a family she thought she knew.
 
Portraying a generation of youth—those coming of age in the eighties and nineties—through the prism of Millie, Helen Walsh has created one of the most startling novels to come out of Britain since Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting.
 
“If you want to find out what is like to be a woman in England today [read] Brass.” —British Vogue
 
“You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more ballsy, obnoxious, quick-witted, and lusty heroine than . . . Millie. . . . She’s just the kind of character you’ll be drawn to like a magnet.” —Bust
 
“Walsh’s prose is rhythmic and carefully judged, and her descriptions are convincingly tactile.” —The New Yorker
 
“A damn good read.” —TimeOut New York
 
“Millie’s caustic commentary on the electro-charged sexual and intellectual power of post-adolescent women heralds the arrival of a promising new voice from the darker fringes of anti-girlhood.” —Publishers Weekly
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