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Annotation
"Graham Swift's first novel since the highly acclaimed Ever After is a subtle yet deeply felt exploration of the ways in which friendship and love are shaped by the past and by fate." "At its center is a group of men, friends since the Second World War, whose lives revolve around work, family, the racetrack, and their favorite pub. Now, the death of one of them, and the survivors' task of driving their friend's ashes from London to the seaside town where they'll be scattered, compels them to take stock. Through conversation and memory they trace the paths they have followed by choice and by accident: through war and its aftermath, through the dramas of their family lives and of their shifting relationships with one another." "In brilliantly realized, richly humorous voices, Swift has created a narrative language that perfectly expresses not only the comforts of old habits and friendships but the profound emotional revelations this brief but far-reaching journey will bring them."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
1996  Man Booker Prize for Fiction
1996  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
1997  American Library Association Notable Books

Characters
NameRay
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsInsurance salesman
 Insurance salesman
TraitsWorld War II veteran
World War II veteran

NameLenny
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsProduce salesman
 Produce salesman
TraitsWorld War II veteran
World War II veteran

NameVic
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsUndertaker
 Undertaker
TraitsWorld War II veteran
World War II veteran

NameVince
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsCar salesman
 Car salesman
TraitsAdopted
Adopted

GenrePsychological
Fiction
TopicsMale friendship
Love-hate relationships
Meaning of life
Life choices
Resentment
Misunderstandings
Reminiscences
Male friendship
Love-hate relationships
Meaning of life
Life choices
Resentment
Misunderstandings
Reminiscences
SettingLondon, England
Margate, England
London, England
Margate, England
Road trip
Seaside
Road trip
Seaside