September in the Rain
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Two young people travelling through Italy are caught in the rain and hitch a lift with chilling consequences. Richard and Mary have been together throughout University, and the trip to Italy had been planned long ago. But before they set out, Richard had a brief affair with Alice, and his confusion and Mary’s suspicions have started to change everything. Together they make a series of small choices which ultimately lead to disaster. In delicately powerful prose, Peter Robinson carefully, painfully, and tenderly depicts the relationships before and after the brief and traumatic event at the heart of the novel. September in the Rain is a book about the responsibilities of love; about accidents and decisions; about unforeseen and dreadful consequences.
Peter Robinson is the author of aphorisms, short stories, memoirs, and literary criticism, as well as numerous collections of poetry and translations. He has been awarded the Cheltenham Prize, the John Florio Prize, and two Poetry Book Society Recommendations. He lives in England.
“September in the Rain is a novel of extraordinary beauty and courage. It takes on a difficult and complex subject and explores it with sensitivity, wit and humanity. Peter Robinson is a writer of great panache and wisdom. I defy anyone not to be moved by his story” —Paula Byrne, author, Belle“To call this story a trauma narrative is to do it a disservice. It is a dark and tender tale of violation, but also more than that. As much as anything it’s a triumph of style, its sentences being assayed with a poet’s feeling for the weight of each word” —Giles Foden, author, The Last King of Scotland"September in the Rain is a novel of extraordinary beauty and courage. I defy anyone not to be moved by his story." —Paula Byrne (Lady Bate, author, Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson, Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead and Dido Elizabeth Belle"A dark and tender tale of violation. A triumph of style, its sentences being assayed with a poet’s feeling for the weight of each word." —Giles Foden, author, The Last King of Scotland"A beautiful novel: the patient beauties of his poetry are carried over seamlessly into this, his first work of fiction." —Jonathan Coe, author, What A Carve Up!, The Rotters Club, and Number 11