Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Length: 273 pages
About: High School reunion in America
Style: 1st person
Where: US and UK
When: late 1990s
Dan Silas, an unemployed advertising executive, returns from the UK to his high school reunion in Michigan, where he finds that life in his old American home town of Hollybush has taken some
unforeseen turns. This journey into the past also allows him and his friends to confront their inner demons and view their lives from a new perspective. As the story unfolds, the author is able to
depict a vivid picture of modern life in small-town America.
Mrs Beaner comes in to see us and Gene introduces me. She has a lean, severe dried-flower look, which I remember well, like the wife in that painting 'American Gothic.' People used to talk about
iceberg mothers, and she was thought to be one. Iceberg mothers could induce schizophrenia. But as a boy I always found her interesting; she liked to talk about specific topics that took her
interest, and had no time for small talk. She greets me now without effusion, and asks me if I think the royal family has a future. Her face is creased, but still unsullied, like the faces of other
women who have been ordained, lit from wuithin by serene candle power. She waits intently for my answer.
Alive to nuances in the most casual circumstances, willfully eccentric, and charmingly resonant regarding life’s quirks on both sides of the Atlantic: a tale full of subtle surprises.
Kirkus review 20th May 2010 - for full review click here
Not so good
...it is likely to read less well on this side of the Atlantic, with its intermittently patronizing depiction of middle America...
Publishers Weekly 10th April 1999 for full review click here
About the author
He was born in 1945 in South Africa, where his father was the editor of the Rand Daily Mail newspaper, and was educated there, in the United States and at Trinity College, Oxford. Cartwright has
worked in advertising and has directed documentaries, films and television commercials. He managed election broadcasts, first for the Liberal Party and then the SDP-Liberal Alliance during the 1979,
1983 and 1987 British general elections. For his work on election broadcasts, Cartwright was appointed an MBE.