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A Stranger City

A Stranger City

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The other linking character, is Chrissie, a nurse who is going out to a party with her flatmate Marco and whose path has crossed that of the missing woman. A Romanian holds the key to the missing woman but is too afraid of the police and deportation to assist. K./Virago for an eARC via NetGalley of Linda Grant’s ‘A Stranger City’ in exchange for an honest review.

It’s a London book and it’s a book that is framed by immigration and the ongoing consequences of the UK referendum and the 52% majority in favour of leaving the EU. Alan, the film director and his wife Persian wife Francesca are also house hunting in a suburban enclave that is still populated by the older generation of migrants and working class from World War II times. A dead body found in the Thames is the starting point for this thoughtful and perceptive novel about identity, community, dislocation, immigration and the idea of home and belonging. This structure (sort of a hub, spoke, wheel approach) makes for a LOT of characters and a lot of subplots.

S. Peter Dutton, who finds himself obsessed with identifying the drowned woman; Alan McBride, a documentary film-maker who at the instigation of Dutton creates a documentary about the woman, and Chrissie, an Irish nurse who was herself briefly a missing person.

Its diversity has demanded a plurality of voices, a polyphony you find from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales onwards.The interconnectivity of each perspective makes for a sinuous and fluid tale, reminiscent of the river around which the city revolves. I have to say I enjoyed the first half of the novel more than the second, which seemed to stray off-course with too many diversions and a rather jarring conclusion. She was educated at the Belvedere School (GDST), read English at the University of York, completed an M. The London backdrop was the most satisfying aspect of the book for me (I too have enjoyed a plate of whitebait at the Trafalgar in Greenwich) but London does not take on the status of a character and overall I found the book disappointing. How all our lives intersect and how coincidence or the randomness of birth place can decide how we live and with whom.



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