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The Long, Long Afternoon

Inga Vesper

Published: 04th February 2021 FICTION A deeply atmospheric debut novel from the cracked heart of the American Dream. 1959, Sunnylakes, California: a housewife goes missing, leaving nothing but two terrified children and a bloodstain on the kitchen floor. HARDBACK Publisher: Bonnier ISBN: 9781838772260

Our Curators said...

Think Desperate Housewives with a bit of a gothic murder mystery thrown in. A gripping tale of the darkness lurking behind trimmed lawns and picket fences, set against a backdrop of the burgeoning civil and women’s rights movements.

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What the Critics are Saying

Beautifully crafted, claustrophobic and compelling, Inga Vesper's skilfully woven suburban noir is as delicious as a long drink on a hot day.

Stacey Halls

Such a vivid atmosphere of stifling LA heat and stifling 50s domesticity - the brittle facades of those suburban mansions with their manicured lawns and maddened housewives. A homage to hard-boiled American crime fiction, but told with a distinctive female sensibility. Lovely!

Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures

I was hooked from the opening sentence. I loved the setting and the way Inga gradually reveals the human struggles at the heart of the burgeoning civil rights and women's rights movements. As well as being a sharp examination of privilege and oppression, it's also completely gripping and kept me guessing right to the end.

Amanda Mason, author of The Wayward Girls

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