24 July 2018

Putney; Sofka Zinovieff

PutneyPutney by Sofka Zinovieff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well done, but... well... ewwwwww.

Daphne's relationship with Ralph is very Lolita/Humbert, and all the discussion about her artistic and politically passionate parents, her unsupervised childhood and seeming blindness of everyone (except her friend Jane and his wife Nina) to notice how inappropriate this was doesn't make it less squicky. Jane's agenda is hidden until closer to the end of the book, but it's always clear that jealousy is at the heart of things. Nina's willingness to ignore what's been going on is less explicable. The best part is how Daphne's memories of their relationship change over time (although that ending? not completely buying it).

Read with care. In today's climate, this may trigger readers.

ARC provided by publisher.

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