"All very true to life, in other words, with no car chases or explosions. Nothing much happens, but it does so with a world-weary elegance, full of wintry discontent. Mature, knowing and very well done."
A sprawling saga of the English suburbs, a sort of East Enders
for north Londoners, that's attracted more attention across the pond for the debut author's age and the size of his U.S. advance than for its literary qualities.
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