The American debut of an enthralling new voice: a vivid, indelibly told work of fiction that follows four generations of a family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century—a novel about inheritance, about fate and passion, and about what it means to truly break free of the past.
This is the story of the Hastings family—their secrets, their loves and losses, dreams and heartbreaks—captured in a seamless series of individual moments that span the years between the First World War and the present. The novel opens in 1914 as William, a young factory worker, spends one last evening at home before his departure for the navy . . . His son, Billy, grows into a champion cyclist and will ride into the D-Day landings on a military bicycle . . . His son in turn, Will, struggles with a debilitating handicap to become an Oxford professor in the 1960s . . . And finally, young Billie Hastings makes a life for herself as an artist in contemporary London. Just as the names echo down through the family, so too does the legacy of choices made, chances lost, and truths long buried.
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“The Undertow” is messy and imperfect. It has a false start and a terrible ending, a few saccharine scenes and a joker whose recurring appearances start to strain. The prose can be jammy.Read Full Review of The Undertow | See more reviews from NY Times
The Hastings family must fend off adversity of all kinds and from every side. Their challenges — so movingly detailed here — provide a profound sense of the whole tumultuous century.Read Full Review of The Undertow
Jo Baker's "The Undertow" has a quiet, cumulative power; you read it not quite realizing how it's burrowing under your skin, until its beautiful not-quite-an-ending.Read Full Review of The Undertow
The slow movement and long descriptions may try your patience at first.Read Full Review of The Undertow
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