By Elizabeth Jane Howard
Forty-three-year-old Antonia Fleming is getting ready a cocktail party for 8 on the apartment in Campden Hill sq. she stocks along with her husband, Conrad. The party is the engagement in their son, Julian. Their different baby, Deirdre, hates her father and resents her mother—a truth Conrad ponders, besides the disastrous nation of Deirdre’s unmarried existence, as he leaves the mattress of his present mistress.
In illuminating the quotidian information of family existence, The lengthy View completely captures a protracted dating, with its moments of pleasure and intimacy, loneliness and remorse, and of the roads no longer taken. because the tale strikes backward in time, we know about the occasions that led as much as Conrad and Antonia’s fateful first meeting—including a startling mystery in Antonia’s past.
With amazing use of opposite chronology, the bestselling writer of the Cazalet Chronicles paints a pragmatic and revealing portrait of a wedding and the selections, strong and undesirable, correct and flawed, that form lives.