The Light of Amsterdam by David Park
A Novel

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In The Light of Amsterdam, the heart's gains are slight, equivocal and transient; they have to be savoured within the fugitive moment.
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It is December; Christmas is approaching and the magic of one of Europe's most beautiful cities beckons. A father looks for himself in the past, struggling to deal with a recent divorce, his teenage son in tow. A single, selfless mother accompanies her only daughter and friends for a weekend-long bachelorette party. And a husband treats his wife to a birthday weekend away, somehow heightening her anxieties and insecurities about age, desire, and motherhood. As these people brush against one another in the squares, museums, and parks of Amsterdam, their lives are transfigured in the winter light, and they encounter the complexities of love in a city that challenges what has gone before. Tender and humane, elevating the ordinary to something timeless and important, The Light of Amsterdam is a novel of compassion and rare dignity.
 

About David Park

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David Park has published three novels and one volume of short stories. He was the winner of the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Bass Ireland Arts Award for Literature and a twice winner of the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award. He lives in County Down, Northern Ireland with his wife and two children.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 385 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Stevie Davies on May 04 2012

In The Light of Amsterdam, the heart's gains are slight, equivocal and transient; they have to be savoured within the fugitive moment.

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