Louise DEAN ... The Idea of Love (Penguin/Fig Tree, 2008)
The Idea of Love
(Penguin/Fig Tree, 2008)
LOUISE DEAN, in her new novel, The Idea of Love (Penguin/Fig Tree, 2008; Harcourt, 2009), to be published in August 2008, explores the idea of love and its repercussions. I am really looking forward to reading Louise’s new work after enjoying her last two novels.
In This Human Season (2005), a story set against the backdrop of Thatcher-era Belfast in the bitter autumn of 1979 before the hunger strikes at the notorious Long Kesh prison, Louise moves to more ambitious ground compared to her critically-acclaimed début, Becoming Strangers (2004), a tragicomic meditation on ordinary lives. In unpretentious and effortlessly delicate prose, she humanises the Northern Irish Troubles by dissecting her characters with eloquent, dispassionate attention to such minutiae as the Northern Irish lilt and the bleakness of poverty-stricken lives. And amidst all the “blood, shit and tears,” she has humour and humanity in all the right places. And the grim, rain-soaked streets of Belfast are finely evoked. By creating a narrative that pulls the historical facts together into a compelling tale, This Human Season is both a challenge and a pleasure to read. She proved herself a writer of distinction with her first novel; with her second, her place in British fiction is confirmed. The Idea of Love should do the same for her.
DEAN Louise [1970-] Novelist. Born in Hastings, East Sussex, England. Novels Debris (2009); The Idea of Love (2008); This Human Season (2005); Becoming Strangers (2004: winner of the 2004 Betty Trask Prize for Best First Novel; longlisted for the 2004 Guardian First Book Award and the 2004 Booker Prize for Fiction)
Check out Louise Dean’s novels at www.louisedean.com