Europa by Tim Parks

By Tim Parks

On the midpoint of his existence, Jerry Marlow reveals himself on a bus from Milan to Strasbourg, taking inventory of the wreckage strewn in the back of him -- a failed marriage, a daughter going off target, and an affair that has left him either numb and licking each wound, self-inflicted or differently. Even his educating activity is at risk. And what lies round the subsequent bend? there are occasions while the main appalling premonitions look all too believable, but the pull of desire can't be resisted. Fueled by means of Marlow's scalpel-sharp remark, Europa bristles with ferocious wordplay and a imaginative and prescient of the sexes as sincere because it is wrong.

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Annabelle appreciated the loyalty. ” The door opened and Heidi walked in. She saw them and waved. Heidi hurried over. “Shane said yes. He’s going to teach you to do the horse dance. Well, ride a horse. ” “Probably better to sneak up on him with that one,” Charlie said. ” Heidi grinned. “He’s a successful horse guy. He’s not going to be into the dancing thing. ” This was what she loved, Annabelle thought happily. Her friends and, for the most part, her life. She had a great job in a town she adored.

As she spoke, she shifted, holding out one gorgeous leg to show him the four-inch heel on her sandal. He supposed she’d done it to make a point about her height. All he could think was that she was small enough and light enough that supporting her weight would be easy. The image of them up against a wall, her legs around his waist as they… He closed his fists against the visual, reminded himself that his mother knew he was meeting with Annabelle and thought about horse racing stats. When that didn’t help, he worked a couple of fractions in his head.

He managed a smile. “I work with what I’ve got. ” “Hardly. Although I would have loved to be a ballerina. Anyway, I need to ride because I’m raising money for a bookmobile. We just finished up the new media center the first part of this year. ” He nodded. “I wish.

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