In the blustery final days of 2007, seven characters will reach an unexpected turning point: a hedge fund manager pulling off a trade, a professional football player recently arrived from Poland, a young lawyer with too much time on his hands, a student led astray by Islamist theory, a hack book reviewer, a schoolboy hooked on pot and reality TV, and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these lives in a daily loop. And as the novel moves to its gripping climax, they are forced, one by one, to confront the new world they inhabit.
Panoramic and masterful, A Week in December melds moral heft and piercing wit, holding a mirror up to the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life.
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Of all the characters Sebastian Faulks introduces in “A Week in December,” his ambitious, entertaining and often scathingly angry new novel, two merit special attention: a young Muslim plotting to attack a London hospital, and a hedge fund manager betting that England’s staunchest bank is about t...Mar 18 2010 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
Linda Wertheimer hails a Dickensian novel of London in the boom days of 2007, before the banking bust. An encore by child detective Flavia de Luce (Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie) is both creepy and laugh-out-loud funny. And So Much for That finds the hilarity in a relentless tale of runaway ...Mar 16 2010 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
Five pages into "A Week in December," Sebastian Faulks's engrossing portrait of London in 2007, the author provides an annotated guest list for the dinner party that many of his characters are scheduled to attend at the end of the book's seven-day span.Mar 23 2010 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
Authors seldom write “state of the nation” novels when things are going well, and from the louring cloudscape hanging over London’s skyline on the jacket of A Week in December, you can tell Sebastian Faulks is pretty glum about it all.Sep 12 2009 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
The success of the 36th James Bond novel, produced in a matter of weeks by Faulks writing ''as Ian Fleming’’, was possibly rather galling for its literary author: he has refused to write another instalment.Sep 10 2009 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
A devious book reviewer struggles to like anything written after the nineteenth century – and a chutney magnate from Havering-atte-Bower wants to learn how to discuss books with the Queen.Jul 30 2010 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
Tranter to give him a crash course in literature so he can “chat up” the Queen, only to have his entire list summarily dismissed (“OT – Oirish Twaddle,” “poor man’s Somerset Maugham,” or “the man who put the ‘anal’ into ‘banality’).” Or this gem about the latest irrelevant book prize: “The Pizza ...Jul 04 2010 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
There is also the story of the Tube train driver – she works on the Circle Line, a choice of routes that neatly suggests a subterranean connection between the other characters – who spends most of her off-duty time immersed in Parallax, an alternative-reality computer game in which her online ava...Nov 05 2009 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
Robin Vidimos Los Angeles Times 3.5 of 5 Stars "With its knowing nods to Trollope, Dickens and Tom Wolfe, A Week in December--his ninth work of full-length fiction--is a formally ambitious, intelligently entertaining, rather provocative novel of contemporary manners.Mar 08 2010 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
Apart from his recent appearance as the reincarnation of Ian Fleming, I devour the novels of Sebastian Faulks with relish, and saved the reading of his most recent to appear in paperback, “A Week in December”, to coincide with a trip to the capital.Dec 28 2010 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
This is the eighth and most recent novel that Sebastian Faulks has had published and differs from his normal style as it is the first one set totally in the present day.Jun 17 2011 | Read Full Review of A Week in December
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