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A passionate love story and an honest depiction of the self-deceptions we pursue seeking family and attachment.

‘Sometimes, Max, I imagine that I see you in her. Not in the sense of any physical inheritance, but a fleeting essence. Something wary and remote. Haunted, you might say. Though her ghosts are not yours.’

Set between India and England, Faithless is the story of Cressida, a writer and translator, and her consuming love for Max, an enigmatic older writer – and married man.

Cressida’s passion for Max engulfs her from the first giddy rush of sensation when she is eighteen and meets him in the mountains of southern India. It is a desire so potent it delivers great stunning blows to her heart. And yet she can share it with almost no one.

Then Cressida meets Leo, and she is forced to choose: between a life of passion or a desire for some peace of mind; between her romantic idealism and the possibility of a steadier, attainable happiness.

As the years unfold with both these men, a fragile young child, Flora, also finds her way into Cressida’s life and heart, and it is Flora who forces Cressida to confront her own capacity for love and deception, and to accept the compromises life forces on us; the lies we tell in service of those things we cannot live without.

Faithless is a passionate love story and a profound reflection on the nuances of attachment, the nature of desire, the different connections and relationships that sustain us, and the ways that we deceive ourselves and others in the hope that, finally, we can reach stumblingly towards one another.
Article Number:
235673
Author:
Alice Nelson
Brand Name:
Penguin Books
ISBN:
9780143791201
Number of Pages:
336
Product Contains:
Trade Paperback
Product Depth:
2.0 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Weight:
0.448 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
02.08.2022
Publisher:
Penguin Random House
Release Date:
Tue Aug 02 00:00:00 AEST 2022
Product details
A passionate love story and an honest depiction of the self-deceptions we pursue seeking family and attachment.

‘Sometimes, Max, I imagine that I see you in her. Not in the sense of any physical inheritance, but a fleeting essence. Something wary and remote. Haunted, you might say. Though her ghosts are not yours.’

Set between India and England, Faithless is the story of Cressida, a writer and translator, and her consuming love for Max, an enigmatic older writer – and married man.

Cressida’s passion for Max engulfs her from the first giddy rush of sensation when she is eighteen and meets him in the mountains of southern India. It is a desire so potent it delivers great stunning blows to her heart. And yet she can share it with almost no one.

Then Cressida meets Leo, and she is forced to choose: between a life of passion or a desire for some peace of mind; between her romantic idealism and the possibility of a steadier, attainable happiness.

As the years unfold with both these men, a fragile young child, Flora, also finds her way into Cressida’s life and heart, and it is Flora who forces Cressida to confront her own capacity for love and deception, and to accept the compromises life forces on us; the lies we tell in service of those things we cannot live without.

Faithless is a passionate love story and a profound reflection on the nuances of attachment, the nature of desire, the different connections and relationships that sustain us, and the ways that we deceive ourselves and others in the hope that, finally, we can reach stumblingly towards one another.
Specification
Article Number:
235673
Author:
Alice Nelson
Brand Name:
Penguin Books
ISBN:
9780143791201
Number of Pages:
336
Product Contains:
Trade Paperback
Product Depth:
2.0 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Weight:
0.448 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
02.08.2022
Publisher:
Penguin Random House
Release Date:
Tue Aug 02 00:00:00 AEST 2022