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The Resource Reunion, Andrea Goldsmith

Reunion, Andrea Goldsmith

Label
Reunion
Title
Reunion
Statement of responsibility
Andrea Goldsmith
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Andrea Goldsmith takes a group of Melbourne graduates to Oxford in the 1980s, then revisits them 20-odd years later. Now they are in their mid to late 40s, and life has left its mark on all of them: Jack, the brilliant Islamic scholar, whose career has stalled as he pursues his obsessive and unrequited love for Ava, the brilliant novelist, whose affair with Fleur - her muse - has ended, and who fears she may never write again, despite the constant love and support of Harry, the interloper in the group, the one who caught and married the beautiful Ava, the man who collected barbed wire and knew too much about cheese, and who now holds all their lives in his hands as the director of the academic institute that has brought them all back together in Australia and completely alienated Helen, the brilliant bio-scientist dedicated to eliminating shingella disease, whose work to save lives is being put to very sinister ends by those who fund her, unlike Connie (Conrad) who has been chosen by Harry to give the keynote lecture for his institute because of his media glamour and his easy charisma - though privately Connie would much prefer to spend his time with the beautiful twenty-five-year-old Sara than consider too closely the work his academic reputation rests upon. This is engrossing, character-driven storytelling. As it reveals the excitement and frustration of academic life (from conveying the complete absorption Helen can feel at a conference of scientists to Connies queasy compromises between popularity and rigour) the tissue of friendship remains, changing now as the group reconnects for the first time in decades, dealing with the reality of their present lives and their memories of the past. None will be unchanged by this. And not all will survive ..."--Provided by publisher
Summary
Old friendships are expected to maintain their shape despite distance, lovers, careers, new friends. But twenty years is a long time. Ava is an internationally acclaimed novelist who carries with her a lifetime of secrets. Helen, a brilliant and dedicated molecular biologist, finds herself drawn into bioterrorism research. Conrad is a philosopher with a popular media profile and a desire for a much younger woman. And Jack, whose career has stalled in the light of his long unrequited love for Ava, is a scholar of the history and culture of Islam. It is Ava's husband, Harry, a man for whom the others can barely conceal their disdain, who has drawn them back to Melbourne, where they first met at university. As they deal with the reality of their present lives and their memories of the past, none will be unchanged by the reunion. And not everyone will survive.
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337587
Cataloging source
ANL
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1950-
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Goldsmith, Andrea
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Reunions
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
adult
Label
Reunion, Andrea Goldsmith
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000043128988
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
414 p.
Isbn
9780732287832
Label
Reunion, Andrea Goldsmith
Publication
Control code
000043128988
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
414 p.
Isbn
9780732287832

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