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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0156030446
ISBN-13: 9780156030441
Sku: 202488656
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  452
Age Range:  NA
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As if someone had come into the room and caused him to lose the thread of what he was saying, Alistair Langford had forgotten what he believed in. (from the first line)
A deftly plotted, suspenseful morality tale explores the dangerous pleasure of offering charity, the effects of deceit and shame on a rigidly complacent family, and the nature of love among family and friends.
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Prominent lawyer Alistair Langford risks his marriage and career when a long-time secret is revealed by an act of recklessness, while his son, Luke, falls into a deep depression after being dumped by his actress girlfriend, an event that prompts him to take in two asylum seekers from Kosovo. By the author of An Empty Room. Reprint.
A brilliantly observed modern morality tale, Talitha Stevenson?s Exposure explores the terrible effects of deceit, obsession, and shame on a dangerously complacent family.  
 
Alistair Langford, a respected and powerful barrister, has been hiding his past since he left his hometown of Dover to study at Oxford in the late 1950s. Embarrassed by his working-class upbringing in a guesthouse run by his single mother, with whom he has not had any contact for forty years, he has lied about himself to everyone in his life since Oxford, including his wife, Rosalind, and his two children, Luke and Sophie. But after the death of his mother and a one-night stand with a devious defense witness, his tightly woven tapestry of lies begins to unravel.|| Exposure is a deftly plotted, psychologically suspenseful, and compulsively readable novel from one of the most exciting young fiction writers today.
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Truth vs. appearances is the theme of Talitha Stevenson's EXPOSURE, in which a wealthy lawyer leading a life of privilege is forced to come to terms with the lie that is his life. After a reckless sexual episode with a key witness in his current case, Alistair Langford becomes the relentless focus of the sleazy London tabloids. The resulting scandal threatens to reveal him for who he really is, a fatherless nobody raised in poverty--a background he has hidden successfully all his life. At the same time, his son, Luke, falls into a disastrous affair with a beautiful but heartless actress, and becomes another victim of the seductions of appearance over reality, until he takes the drastic step of sheltering two Kosovan refugees in his parents' elegant London house. The Langford wife and daughter find themselves grappling with their own disturbing situations. Talitha Stevenson's second novel, short-listed for the Booker Prize, is an elegant and moving evocation of moral dilemmas in the lives of contemporary (and sometimes very trendy) Londoners.

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Publishers Weekly
"A fine writer who paints her scenes with loving detail, Stevenson also depicts her characters' thoughts and insights with an acuity reminiscent of Ian McEwan's recent triumph, SATURDAY....[T]he work of a writer to be watched." 06/27/2005

Guardian (London)
"Stevenson is an exceptionally talented writer, still only 28, whose debut, An Empty Room, was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award. In Exposure, she dissects her characters with eloquent, dispassionate attention to detail." - Helen Falconer 04/30/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0452
Product attributePublisher:   Harvest Books
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