Author: Winter, Michael
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Year Published: 2013
Condition Rating: Slight wear, may have creased spine, folded pages, good-condition ownership stickers
Summary: Henry Hayward is a drowning man. With a soured long-term romance finally at an end, no family, and no refuge to be had in work, he progressively spends his days in the solace of alcohol and his nights with a series of interchangeable partners. In a quest to simultaneously recover from unrequited love and to find meaning in what is becoming an increasingly emotionally arid life, Henry travels to Afghanistan as an army-affiliated contractor.
When Henry becomes embedded in a regiment, he doesn't have time to think about his fixation on Nora or the fragments of his old life, a life he wasn't really living anyway. But everything changes during a tragic roadside incursion when a routine patrol suddenly turns fatal. And Henry, who survives, knows in his heart that he is responsible.
Upon returning home, now tormented by guilt in addition to ennui, he begins to feel even more rootless and restless until the question of his deceased friendâ€™s summer home arises. Soon Henry is trying to bring meaning back to his life and to make posthumous amends by planning to buy and repair his friendâ€™s dilapidated family house. But he hasn't factored family history into the pictureâ€”and his deceased friendâ€™s girlfriend has a revelation of her own that may change everything.
In Store Location: Bookcase 80 - Religion 1,