At Last: The Final Patrick Melrose Novel

Sold by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1
Free sample

A New York Times Notable Book of 2012

One of The Telegraph's Best Fiction Books 2011

One of Esquire's Best Books of 2012

One of TIME's Top 10 Fiction Books of 2012

Here, from the writer described by The Guardian as "our purest living prose stylist" and whom Alan Hollinghurst has called "the most brilliant English novelist of his generation," is a work of glittering social comedy, profound emotional truth, and acute verbal wit. At Last is also the stunning culmination of one of the great fiction enterprises of the past two decades in the life of the English novel.
As readers of Edward St. Aubyn's extraordinary earlier works—Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and the Man Booker Prize finalist Mother's Milk—are well aware, for Patrick Melrose, "family" has always been a double-edged sword. At Last begins as friends, relatives, and foes trickle in to pay final respects to his mother, Eleanor. An American heiress, Eleanor married into the British aristocracy, giving up the grandeur of her upbringing for "good works" freely bestowed on everyone but her own son, who finds himself questioning whether his transition to a life without parents will indeed be the liberation he had so long imagined.

The service ends, and family and friends gather for a final party. Amid the social niceties and social horrors, Patrick begins to sense the prospect of release from the extremes of his childhood, and at the end of the day, alone in his room, the promise some form of safety. . . at last.

Read more

About the author

Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of A Clue to the Exit and On the Edge; a series of novels about the Melrose family, including the trilogy Some Hope; and Mother's Milk, which was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize.

Read more
5.0
1 total
Loading...

Additional Information

Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Read more
Published on
Jan 31, 2012
Read more
Pages
272
Read more
ISBN
9781466801486
Read more
Features
Read more
Language
English
Read more
Genres
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
Read more
Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
Read more
Read Aloud
Available on Android devices
Read more
Eligible for Family Library

Reading information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.

eReaders and other devices

To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In a small town on the verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about her family and unexpected truths about herself. Filled with insights that are the hallmark of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, Miller’s Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget.

For generations the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be “a place where it’s just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content.”

Miller’s Valley is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery, of finding true identity and a new vision of home. As Mimi says, “No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, even if they go.” Miller’s Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.

Praise for Miller's Valley

“Overwhelmingly moving . . . In this novel, where so much is about what vanishes, there is also a deep beating heart, of what also stays.”—The New York Times Book Review 

“Stunning . . . The matriarchal theme [is] at the heart of Miller’s Valley. Miriam pushes her smart daughter to consider college, and other women—a teacher, a doctor, a benefactor—will raise Mimi up past the raging waters that swirl in her heart.”—The Washington Post 

“Economical and yet elegant . . . [Anna Quindlen’s] storytelling and descriptive powers make Miller’s Valley compelling. . . . Miller’s Valley has a geography and fate all its own but its residents, realities, disappointments, joys and cycle of life feel familiar, in the best way possible.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A family story with humor, surprise, sorrow and mystery . . . Quindlen has created distinctive characters, none of whom seems like anyone you’ve met before in fiction.”—The Columbus Dispatch

“A breathtakingly moving look at a family.”—USA Today

“[Anna] Quindlen’s provocative novel will have you flipping through the pages of your own family history and memories even as you can’t stop reading about the Millers. . . . a coming-of-age story that reminds us that the past continues to wash over us even as we move away from the places and events that formed us.”—Chicago Tribune

“Picking up a novel by Anna Quindlen means more than just meeting a new family—it’s like moving in and pretending they are yours. It’s a rare gift for a writer, and Quindlen does it to near perfection.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Quindlen’s novel of a childhood examined by someone who literally can’t go home again is an incredibly engaging read. . . . Miller’s Valley takes familiar themes and manages to make them fresh and new.”—Bust
Tras la espléndida saga de las novelas de Patrick Melrose, Edward St. Aubyn nos brinda una sátira hilarante sobre el mundo de los premios literarios en la más pura y británica tradición de Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse y Evelyn Waugh.

Cuando el parlamentario Malcolm Craig accede a presidir el comité del premio literario Elysian lo hace motivado por intereses que nada tienen que ver con la literatura. Junto a otros cuatro jueces deberá elegir el libro del año, y utilizará cualquier artimaña para lograr imponer su criterio. Los miembros del jurado discutirán, regatearán y se engatusarán unos a otros con el único objetivo de que su favorito obtenga el galardón.

Y mientras los jueces discuten, negocian y regatean, un grupo de escritores desesperados espera impaciente el veredicto. Entre ellos se encuentra un maharajá millonario que aspira al estrellato literario, un autor primerizo que sufre de mal de amores y una escritora brillante y rompecorazones profesional que, gracias a la incompetencia de su editor, puede perder la oportunidad de adquirir tan preciada gloria.

Reseñas:
«Una sátira rampante que demuestra el talento de St. Aubyn para la comedia; un ojo implacable para detectar las pretensiones y los autoengaños de la gente.»
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

«Vale la pena leer todo lo que escribe St. Aubyn por la rabia refrescante de su inteligencia y la enorme elegancia de su prosa.»
The New York Times Book Review

«Una sátira desopilante sobre el mundillo literario, el libro más divertido que ha escrito nunca.»
The Sunday Telegraph

«Los poderes de observación del autor están más afinados que nunca.»
Financial Times

«Pone en juego la ironía con una prosa impasible y controlada, bajo la cual se divisa la exasperación de un veterano.»
Los Angeles Review of Books

©2018 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.