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Anne Brooke: fiction writer

Contemporary gay romance and fantasy writer. Also loves flowers and bakes the occasional cake. Sometimes they're edible ...

The Argentinian Virgin

The Argentinian Virgin - Jim  Williams This is a lyrical and gripping novel which is a glorious cross between The Great Gatsby and The Talented Mr Ripley, and I couldn't put it down. The narrator, Pat, is perfect as an outsider looking into the charmed circle of young Americans in wartime France, and he also acts as a link between their lives as a group and with the reader.I very much enjoyed the subtle changes in timescale, where the older Patrick looks back on the wonderful and terrible things which took place that one summer, and also in his search for resolution and indeed forgiveness in his life now. The ending is perfect and strangely uplifting. Very highly recommended, and very thought-provoking too.