The Bay of Angels by Anita Brookner
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Despite growing up with a widowed and reclusive mother, young Zoë Cunningham retains an unshakable faith in storybook happy endings. When her mother, Anne, finally decides to remarry, Zoë is thrilled with her prospective stepfather, Simon Gould, who is not only wealthy, but also kind and generous. Simon’s affection for his new family allows Zoë to pursue what she thinks is an independent life: her own apartment in a fashionable part of London, a university education, casual affairs, and carefree holidays at Simon’s villa in Nice. When a series of unexpected calamities intervene, Zoë learns that the idyllic freedom she enjoys has come at a steep price. To preserve both her mother’s and her own sense of wellbeing, Zoë must discern the real motives of the strangers on whom she now depends, including the silent and mysterious man whose nocturnal movements have attracted her attention.


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About Anita Brookner

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Anita Brookner lives in London.
 
Published August 13, 2002 by Vintage. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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After her mother inevitably fades away and dies, Zoë finds a compromise between the safe detachment of her London life and the slightly more emotionally charged experience France affords.

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The Bay of Angels Anita Brookner Viking, £16.99, 224pp Buy it at a discount at BOL If there were a theme park offering the Anita Brookner Experience, the variety of rides would not be its selling point.

Feb 03 2001 | Read Full Review of The Bay of Angels: A Novel

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The Bay of Angels Anita Brookner Viking, £16.99, pp224 Buy it at a discount at BOL If you had never read Anita Brookner before, you would be unreservedly delighted by this book.

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Zoe, whose university degree has led to a series of freelance editing jobs in London—and, more important, the freedom that she craves—arrives in Nice to find that her mother has suffered a breakdown and is in a clinic undergoing a sleeping cure.

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Simon seems to Zoe like a Santa Claus figure, a figure that seems to confirm her trust in fairy tales, who has rescued her mother from long afternoons, and longer evenings, of waiting.

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