Joy by Jonathan Lee

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...not only beautifully written, but a real page-turner...
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Did she jump? Did she fall? Will she wake?' On an ordinary Friday afternoon in the office, talented young lawyer Joy Stephens plummets forty feet onto a marble floor. In the shadow of this baffling event, the lives of those closest to her begin to collide and change in unexpected ways. There is Dennis, her disgraced husband, who finds consolation in books; her colleague Peter, whose refuge is a mix of hedonism and hard work; Barbara, Joy's prickly PA, who'd be content if only she could get away to New York; and Samir, Joy's hygiene-obsessed personal trainer, who escapes into exercise routines and other, stranger rituals. In a sparkling glass office in London's Square Mile - a place bursting with flirtations, water cooler confrontations and dangerous amounts of abject boredom - each of them is forced to question what they've witnessed, and to face past moments that have defined Joy's life, as well as their own. Joy is a hugely inventive, ambitious and absorbing novel about pleasure, love, loss, and work by 'a major new voice in British fiction' (Guardian). About the Author Jonathan Lee was born in 1981 and lives in London. His first novel, Who is Mr Satoshi?, was nominated for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2011 and shortlisted for an MJA Open Book Award 2011. The BBC's Culture Show programme recently featured him as being one of Britain's 'best new novelists'.
 

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Jonathan Lee was born in 1981 and lives in London. His first novel, Who is Mr Satoshi?, was nominated for the Desmond Elliot Prize 2011 and shortlisted for an MJA Open Book Award 2011. The BBC's Culture Show programme recently featured him as being one of Britain's 'best new novelists'.
 
Published January 1, 1983 by Windmill Books. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alexander Larman on Jun 16 2012

Exquisitely and surprisingly written...it proves that Lee is a significant talent and that his future work should be well worth awaiting.

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Reviewed by Alex Aldridge on Jun 07 2012

...not only beautifully written, but a real page-turner...

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