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Inappropriate Happiness

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Our narrator is Edward. Edward is surely his father’s son. When Edward inherits the deserted water mill, he must make plans for the old man’s white elephant and see them through.

After the two young artists Belle and Kitto arrive, Edward’s life changes forever. What he sees one evening leaves him with a secret he does not want or know how to share.

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Published June 22nd 2009 by Reuben Books
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Aug 13, 2009 Donald rated it it was amazing
Inappropriate Happiness , Tom Saunders's excellent character study, revolves around the naturally private, reticent narrator, Edward. After the death of his father, Edward moves into the old water mill the old man had been renovating, determined to live his own life, finally out of the shadow of his disapproving father. On the opening page, Saunders writes, "We had separate lives he and I, such separate lives. No, I take that back, not separate, parallel, together but not together; now apart, f ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing
Just started reading all of the published works of Tom Saunders. I've read a ton of his short fiction over the years (and it is brilliant) so I looked forward to this novel. It surprised me, (as Tom often does) in its quirky quietness. A little literary gem full of thoughtfulness and
like Tom himself, nothing grandiose. But it's that keen intelligence, insight and sensitivity sitting on the surface of the protagonist, a naive and out-of-step outsider in the world, that makes us identify fully wit
Feb 23, 2012 Avital rated it it was amazing
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Edward never felt at home in his town, under his father's wings and shadow or with woman. In this contemplative, lyrical and sometime humorous book, he experiences new types of feelings relationships, along with art. I loved the romantic streak he never lets go of no matter how others fit into it or correspond to his feelings. The prose is beautiful and the reading is a delight.
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Jul 19, 2010 Sue Nami rated it it was amazing
Beautiful writing. Excellent character study. One of those books that, upon finishing, makes me wish I had written it.
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I began writing in my mid-thirties while taking a degree in English at Kingston Polytechnic. I later went on to do the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where my tutors were Sir Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. I have published two collections of short stories, Brother, What Strange Place is This? and Roof Whirl Away and a novel, Inappropriate Happiness. All three books a ...more
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