Sun. Desire. Obsession. An explosive, intelligent novel from the prize-winning author of Brass.
One hot summer. One week in a villa on the outskirts of Deia, a village nestling in the rugged, mountainous west coast of the island of Mallorca. One family where the carefully laid jigsaw of life is about to be broken. Jenn and her husband, Greg, holiday each year in Deia, enjoying languorous afternoons by the pool. But this year the equilibrium is upset by the arrival of Emma, Jenn's stepdaughter, and her boyfriend Nathan. Beautiful and reckless, Nathan stirs something unexpected in Jenn.
As she is increasingly seduced by the notion of Nathan's youth and the promise of passion, the line between desire and obsession begins to blur. What follows is a highly charged liaison that put lives and relationships in jeopardy, and a taut narrative that percolates with enough sexual tension to make it impossible to put down.
Sultry, spare and brilliantly paced, The Lemon Grove is a meditation on female desire, the variations of marriage, and the politics of raising other people's children. It is the work of a writer acutely alive to the complex workings of the human heart.
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An unbelievable, disappointing listen.