The Northern Clemency

The Northern Clemency

eBook - 2008
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In 1974, the Sellers family is transplanted from London to Sheffield in northern England. On the day they move in, the Glover household across the street is in upheaval: convinced that his wife is having an affair, Malcolm Glover has suddenly disappeared. The reverberations of this rupture will echo through the years to come as the connection between the families deepens. But it will be the particular crises of ten-year-old Tim Glover--set off by two seemingly inconsequential but ultimately indelible acts of cruelty--that will erupt, full-blown, two decades later in a shocking conclusion.

Expansive and deeply felt, The Northern Clemency shows Philip Hensher to be one of our most masterly chroniclers of modern life, and a storyteller of virtuosic gifts.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
ISBN: 9780307271402
Characteristics: 597 p. ;,25 cm


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Oct 16, 2012

Similar to Michael Chabon's most recent. Excellent book.

Nov 24, 2011

Looking at the comments, I guess this is a "love it, or hate it" book.
Beautifully written, short listed for the Booker. Wonderful.

RenGrrl Oct 26, 2011

A great book from a great writer. Like an English Franzen.

Dec 05, 2009

This book was a flatliner - throughout the 600 pages I didn't feel a single emotion. It was a saga spanning 30 years in Sheffield outlining the details of two families living across from each other. Incessant details....way too boring.

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