“Lively is a magical writer, and her sensuous prose tempers the metaphysical abstractions. . . . Her uncanny empathy and ability to evoke emotion make the reader feel more like a participant than like an observer.” Newsday
City of the Mind
978-0-8021-4020-3 • $13.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2004
Penelope Lively is one of England’s greatest living writers. The New York Times Book Review has called her “blessed with the gift of being able to render matters of great import with a breath, a barely audible sigh, a touch.”
In City of the Mind, Matthew Halland is an architect intimately involved with the new face of London, while haunted by the destruction and loss in its history. Matthew has a rich and moving relationship with his daughter Jane, and becomes entangled with an array of fascinating characters, from Rutter, a corrupt real estate developer whose Mafia-like ways disgust him, to Sarah, a romantic ray of hope who enters his life. In Lively’s most ambitious novel, she has created a wonderfully rich and audacious confrontation with the mystery of London.