Aminatta Forna and Alan Hollinghurst - 92Y, New York

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Aminatta Forna and Alan Hollinghurst

Aminatta Forna’s new novel, Happiness, is a delicate tale of love and loss revealing the hidden side of multicultural London after two strangers collide watching a fox on Waterloo Bridge. “She sees clearly that the personal and the public are inextricably combined. What goes on in a country reflects what goes on inside its houses,” wrote Carolyn See. The Sparsholt Affair, Alan Hollinghurst’s new multigenerational novel of sensuality and scruples, traces three friends’ trials and triumphs in London from World War II into the 1960s and beyond to present a complicated portrait of masculinity and artistic worth. “If all art really does aspire to the condition of music, Hollinghurst’s achieves it with a radiant splendor and richness unparalleled in contemporary fiction,” wrote Neel Mukherjee.

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