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The Stranger's Child
ALAN HOLLINGHURST

The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
156 reviews (2011) (448p)
Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2011: Fiction #1
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2011 #1
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist #1
The New Yorker: Favorite Books from 2011 - Fiction (23) #1

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Book Description
Alan Hollinghurst’s first novel in seven years is a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth—and a family mystery—across generations.

In 1913, George Sawle brings charming, handsome Cecil Valance to his family’s modest home outside London for a summer weekend. George is enthralled by his Cambridge schoolmate, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by both Cecil and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne’s autograph album will change their and their families’ lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will be recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried—until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.

Rich with the author’s signature gifts—haunting sensuality, wicked humor, and exquisite lyricism—The Stranger’s Child is a tour de force: a masterly novel about the lingering power of desire, and about how the heart creates its own history.


Other Award Winning Books by Alan Hollinghurst
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
132 reviews (2004) (400p) (NBCCA) (Booker)
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The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst
26 reviews (1994) (422p) (Booker)
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Alan Hollinghurst Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 4  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 2 The Line of Beauty · The Stranger's Child ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 1 The Line of Beauty ·  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 2 The Folding Star · The Line of Beauty ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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