Putney: A Novel

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When Ralph Boyd first arrives at the Greenslay’s Putney home in the early 1970’s, he is immediately entranced by Daphne, the young daughter of famous author Edward Greenslay. What follows is a tumultuous and highly inappropriate romance between the composer and the young girl. Ralph becomes part of the Greenslay’s world, becoming close friends with Edward and his wife, Greek activist Ellie, as he romances Daphne with small gifts and unwavering attention.

Forty years later, Daphne has moved back to Putney with her daughter. After reuniting with her childhood best friend Jane, who is the only person who knew about her secret relationship, she is forced to reflect on her time with Ralph, realizing their love might not have been as pure and innocent as she previously thought.

Sofka Zinovieff pulls the reader into the world of Putney, telling a story that feels simultaneously classic and modern. Putney is incredibly topical, reflecting on the idea of abuse, consent, and modern romance through three different points of views. The novel was beautifully told, keeping the reader engaged as it flipped between storyteller and time period. By the end of the novel, the entire story is collaged together, leaving an impactful and unforgettable novel.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher Harper
Publish Date 2018-09-11
ISBN 9780062847577
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Issue Mar-19
Category Modern Literature


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