Books by Rose Tremain

THE GUSTAV SONATA by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Spanning the decades from 1937 to 2002, Tremain's novel is less sprawling than it is deeply intimate, a soul-stirring song about friendship, conscience, and love."
Like an intense, beautiful, and deeply moving piece of music, Tremain's captivating historical novel hits all the right notes. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN LOVER by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"Wholly enthralling, these stories gleam with human desire and malice and hope as they move between Tolstoy's Russia, World War II France and present-day London."
Loneliness and lust eddy through the pages of a dexterous collection of short stories by Tremain (Merivel, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
MERIVEL by Rose Tremain
Released: April 15, 2013

"Tremain's sequel can be read as a stand-alone, but readers may struggle to understand many of the events the main character alludes to in the narrative."
Tremain (Trespass, 2010, etc.) pens a follow-up to her novel Restoration, first published in 1989, about a 17th-century English physician with a self-deprecating wit. Read full book review >
TRESPASS by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A well-executed, intense tale of dark family secrets coming to light in a sunny place."
Two very different sets of siblings, one French, one English, seek resolution to their fraught upbringings and present discontent in this latest tale of intertwining lives from Tremain (The Road Home, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ROAD HOME by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"One of the best from the versatile Tremain, who keeps on challenging herself, and rewarding readers."
A displaced European's Candide-like progress through contemporary London is charted in this ambitious novel from the Whitbread Award-winning British author (The Colour, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
THE COLOUR by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2003

"Transformations, indeed, abound in this brittle world where everything is possible and yet everything is at risk. The result is a page-turner that's also a work of startling beauty."
The Gold Rush is on, not out west but in 1860s New Zealand, and a young marriage is one of its casualties in this gripping pioneer story from the greatly gifted Tremain (Music and Silence, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
MUSIC AND SILENCE by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Tremain studied with the late Angus Wilson, and the influence of his fertile imagination has clearly helped shape, and energize, her own. Music & Silence may be her best yet."
Versatile British author Tremain's eighth novel (after The Way I Found Her, 1998) is the stuff of which fairy-tales are spun, though it also exhibits a compelling psychological and moral density. Read full book review >
THE WAY I FOUND HER by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

Part mystery, part romance, part adolescent fantasy, the latest from Tremain (Sacred Country, 1993, etc.) features a 13-year-old English boy who turns supersleuth when his first love, a much older best-selling writer, is kidnaped in Paris. Young Lewis Little's frostily beautiful mother Alice, a translator, has been summoned to Paris for the summer to live with popular romance writer Valentina Gavrilovich and work on her new book, so Lewis comes along to sharpen his French. It's not his language skills that grow, however, but his lust as he's captivated by the rounded form and exotic qualities of his Russian ÇmigrÇ hostess. While Alice begins an affair, leaving him to his own devices, Lewis focuses his overcharged imagination, like a heat-seeking missile, on Valentina. . . but then she disappears. Alice is content to report the matter to the police and resume her liaison, but Lewis sets out to save the woman he loves. Thinking at first that her Russian lover somehow dragged her back to Moscow, Lewis soon picks up another trail by piecing together clues from Valentina's housekeeper, her neighbor, and the files on her computer (which he reads before the police take them away). He gets close enough to her to receive a threat, and when that doesn't deter him, he's abducted himself. Held captive in the same rundown farmhouse as his love, Lewis makes the most of the chance to have her all to himself, talking nonstop with her through a hole in the wall between them while he plans their escape. Unfortunately, his fantasy-come-true in confinement fades in the harsh light of subsequent events. An adolescent world emerges here that is wonderfully complete, melding with adult preoccupations in ways both subtle and seductive. The result is riveting. Read full book review >
SACRED COUNTRY by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Tremain's latest starts slowly but gathers emotional speed and literary power: an entrancing, highly satisfying read."
English author Tremain (Restoration, 1990, etc.) returns triumphantly to the 20th century, sketching the outwardly stunted postwar lives of a dozen small-town characters in rural Suffolk- -people whose inner lives, however, are surprising, colorful, sometimes tragic, and drive many of them to a bittersweet, affecting end.
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