The Road to Urbino by Roma Tearne

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Secondary characters slowly take on greater importance as a story of jealous love and still more tragic loss is galvanised by Ras's act of madness...A thoughtful and impassioned novel.
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A story of obsession, love and art set in Tuscany, Sri Lanka and London. Ras, a Sri Lankan who fled his country as a child following the violent death of his mother and his father's disappearance, has committed a crime. Dogged by his past and unable to come to terms with the killing of his mother, he struggles to make a new life for himself in the UK. Alex has loved Dee since he was 19 but failed to realise that it was a love he wouldn't find again. After Dee's marriage, he too struggles to build a meaningful life for himself. But when Ras' and Alex's lives connect, each man takes a new path culminating for Ras in the theft of a della Franceso painting, while Alex comes ever closer to Dee through tragedy in her life. Beautifully written, with a strong narrative, The Road to Urbino is the story of two very different men and their love for the women in their lives, set against the backdrop of the heartbreaking horrors of the long-running conflict in Sri Lanka.
 

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ROMA TEARNE was born in Sri Lanka. An artist as well as a writer, she completed her MA at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She was recently awarded a fellowship in the visual arts by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain. Mosquito has been shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Costa First Novel Award (formerly the Whitbread Award). Roma Tearne lives in Oxford, England.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Little, Brown. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Jun 21 2013

Secondary characters slowly take on greater importance as a story of jealous love and still more tragic loss is galvanised by Ras's act of madness...A thoughtful and impassioned novel.

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