Gone by Martin Roper
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In this erotic, emotional debut novel, a young man is torn between two cities, two cultures, and two women.

Disillusioned with his marriage to the controlling Ursula, shattered by the death of his sister, and unsettled by the vandals threatening the security of his home, Stephen, a young Dubliner, moves to New York hoping to make a clean start.

He is quickly swept up in an affair with Holfy, a fiercely independent woman fifteen years his senior, but before long finds himself living a divided life, unable to break his ties to Ursula, Dublin, and the past. The obsessive, intensely erotic bond with Holfy soon begins to fray, and Stephen is forced to face himself and to unravel an identity-and a home-that no longer seems to exist.

Navigating a rocky journey through the labyrinth of death, desire, and the fickleness of truth, Gone combines raw emotion and sensuality with Joycean lyricism. It confirms the arrival of an exciting new talent.

About Martin Roper

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Born and raised in Dublin, Martin Roper received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. He teaches writing at the University of Iowa's Irish Writing Program at Trinity College, Dublin, and at University College, Dublin. Gone is his first novel.
Published February 6, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co.. 256 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his promising first, Irish writer Roper, at home in the land of Joyce and Beckett, follows a broken protagonist as he lurches from Dublin to Manhattan and back again, searching to know himself and to connect with his world, efforts thwarted by his own deep anger and ennui.

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(Feb.)Forecast:Excerpted in the New Yorker and highly praised by Jim Harrison and Margot Livesey, this astringent novel, akin to Hanif Kureishi's darker work, should appeal to readers interested in an unsentimental examination of relations between men and women.

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Here, Stephen tells Ursula it's over: "I look up...and say I love you and you love me but it's over and I don't want it to be so but it is the truth [.]" He goes back to New York and leaves Holfy.

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