Mr Golightly's Holiday by Salley Vickers
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1. holiday: a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation. [literally: holy day]

Many years ago, Mr. Golightly wrote a work of dramatic fiction that grew to be an astonishing international bestseller. But his reputation is on the decline and he finds himself badly out of touch with the modern world. He decides to take a holiday and comes to the historic village of Great Calne, hoping to use the opportunity to bring his great work up to date. But he soon finds that events take over his plans and that the themes he has written on are being strangely replicated in the lives of the villagers around him.

As he comes to know his neighbors better, Mr. Golightly begins to examine his attitude toward love and to ponder the terrible catastrophe of his only son's death. And we begin to learn the true, and extraordinary, identity of Mr. Golightly and the nature of the secret sorrow that haunts him and links him to his new friends.

Mysterious, light of touch, witty, and profound, Mr Golightly's Holiday confirms Salley Vickers's reputation as a writer of "fiction that entertains even as it considers serious questions of sin and redemption, love and loss" (Francine Prose, People).


About Salley Vickers

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Salley Vickers has worked as a dancer, an artist's model, a university professor of literature, and a psychoanalyst. She now writes full-time.
Published January 1, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 378 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mr Golightly's Holiday by Salley Vickers 368pp, Fourth Estate, £16.99 "One afternoon in mid-March, when the green-white snowdrops had blown ragged under the tangled hawthorn hedges, the pale constellations of primrose had ceased to be a novelty, and the more robust, sun-reflecting daffodils wer...

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English author Vickers (Miss Garnet's Angel) has a light hand with themes that touch on issues of faith and sin, and her tale of Mr. Golightly, taking a break from his labors in a Devonshire village to see if he can create a worthy successor to his hugely popular and influential first book, begi...

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