The Old Romantic by Louise Dean

The Old Romantic

Louise Dean

This dark comic novel pokes a stick at three generations in conflict. The observations are both humorous and poignant. I can guarantee it will make you examine your own family relationships and personal values in life.

Extract

The bottle of red that Nick ordered was opened by the waitress under Ken's disapproving noises, measured out under his unforgiving eyes, sipped to the sucking in of his breath, and under such scrutiny it completely failed to inebriate.
'People seem to need to drink to have a good time these days.' Ken shook his head.
'It doesn't always follow,' said Nick, knocking back his glass and pouring himself another.

Parallels
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
  • Anything by Alan Bennett
  • Any film by Mike Leigh
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