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Restless: A Novel [Paperback]

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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 29, 2007
Publisher   Bloomsbury USA
ISBN  1596912375  
EAN  9781596912373  

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In December, 2012 The Sundance Channel will air the BBC-produced film RESTLESS starring Charlotte Rampling, Michael Gambon, Hayley Atwell, and Rufus Sewell, based on this novel by William Boyd. Someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. It is the summer of 1976, and the only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian emigre recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939. Soon Ruth is drawn deeper into the astonishing events of her mother's past, including her work in New York City manipulating the press in order to shift public sentiment toward U.S. involvement in Second World War and her dangerous love affair with another spy. Ruth also discovers that her mother has one final assignment. This time, though, Eva can't do it alone--she needs Ruth's help. Full of tension and drama, emotion and history, this is storytelling at its finest.

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William Boyd is the author of eight novels, including A Good Man in Africa and Any Human Heart, three collections of short stories, and thirteen screenplays that have been filmed. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2006 Costa (formerly Whitbread) Novel Award, the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. He lives with his wife in London and southwest France.

William Boyd currently resides in London.

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First Rate  Oct 27, 2008
This is a truly first-rate, smart, and literate thriller. It is both a page-turner and a profound meditation on identity--on what we think we know about others and ourselves. The flashback sections were definitely the strength of the book, but all-in-all a terrific novel.
very interesting book  Sep 24, 2008
I could not not put this book down . It is a spy story with meanings on many levels. For example what do we really know about our friends and even our close relatives? What is truth and what is illusion? Appearances do not always reflect reality. A great writer. I highly recommend it. A great read.
Best Book I've Read in a Long Time  Aug 31, 2008
I found the life story of the main character (the mother) very interesting. It was hard to put down. Too bad the daughter was such a drippy, boring creature! But, that's how life is, sometimes.
Good entertaining  Aug 19, 2008
I usually don't like spy or noir novels. But this one was cleverly elaborated. It is not Pulitzer, but nevertheless it is entertaining and you may want to give it a try, especially if you are looking to read something in the genre.
Part historical novel, part spy thriller - great story!  Apr 23, 2008
This book was phenomenal. I started it at 3 o' clock one afternoon and just read it straight through, skipping dinner until I finished it.

Ruth Gilmartin is a graduate student in history at Oxford, 28-year old single mother of a three-year old son. One hot Saturday in the summer of 1976 her world is turned upside down when her mother reveals that her identity as Sally Gilmartin (nee Fairchild) is an elaborately constructed fabrication. Turns out that Sally is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian emigre recruited to the British Secret Service in 1939, after the murder of her brother, also a spy.

Ruth's and Eva's stories unfold in alternating chapters until they finally converge in a climax that will keep you riveted. One slight problem is that Eva's story is way more interesting, so that the chapters devoted to Ruth feel padded: there are some fairly obvious red herrings and a subplot that ends up going nowhere. But these are very minor flaws.

Terrific story, great characters, good writing - "Restless" delivers on all three levels. As other reviewers have pointed out, this book is a bit of a departure for Boyd - it's not quite his typical 'literary' novel. It's part historical novel, part spy thriller, executed with exceptional flair. Boyd is an extremely talented writer and this book surpasses even his previous excellent work.

I highly recommend "Restless".


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