Gold

Gold

by Dan Rhodes
     
 

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Miyuki Woodward, lover of pints and Pot Noodles, has been spending holidays in the same Welsh seaside town for years. She loves the wet walks, she loves The Anchor and most of all she loves the pub-quiz. This year, following an act of raw creativity involving some cans of gold spray paint, Miyuki will take part in the most turbulent events the village has seen since

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Miyuki Woodward, lover of pints and Pot Noodles, has been spending holidays in the same Welsh seaside town for years. She loves the wet walks, she loves The Anchor and most of all she loves the pub-quiz. This year, following an act of raw creativity involving some cans of gold spray paint, Miyuki will take part in the most turbulent events the village has seen since Tall Mr Hughes returned from the pub toilet without remembering to button up.

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Publishers Weekly

This tenderly funny tale from British author Rhodes (Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love) traces the sweetly unsentimental course of Miyuke Woodward's annual holiday at a rustic Welsh coastal cottage. Miyuke and lover Grindl (known as "the Lesbians" in the small town where they have a decorating business) spend a month apart on separate, two-week vacations each year. This year, vacationing Miyuke spends her days as always, indulging in junk food and beer at the local pub, reading a book a day and walking across fields and along the seaside cliffs, until she discovers a rock that glows golden in the afternoon sunlight. Impulsively, she decides to paint it gold, only to be seen doing so by a pub regular, tall Mr. Hughes, who subsequently disappears from his usual spot at the bar. Confronted by two other pub regulars, short Mr. Hughes and Mr. Puw, Miyuke tells of the rock, and the three set off to find their compatriot. Rhodes's tale features lovely touches (such as the Children from Previous Relationships, a local band that's never played in public), and effortlessly ends an immaculately crafted story of minor perturbations and their unpredictable outcomes. (Sept.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Dubbed one of Granta's "Best Young British Novelists," Gold (Don't Tell Me About Love, 2006, etc.) returns with another fey tale of a misfit's sojourn in a strange land. Every January, Miyuki Woodward, a 20-something lesbian who looks Japanese but isn't, travels to the same seaside town in Wales for a holiday, leaving her girlfriend, Grindl, behind as a test of sorts to make sure they are not too dependent on each other. There again for her eighth year running, Miyuki keeps to her routine: She drinks the local beer at the local pub; reads a book a day; hikes the blustery coastline; and helps Tall Mr. Hughes, Short Mr. Hughes and Mr. Puw in their weekly trivia competition against the other local team, Septic Barry and The Children from Previous Relationships, a rock-'n'-roll band that neither plays nor practices, but spends ample time planning their future "big tour." One day, Miyuki, who admired a particular rock along the coast on a previous day's walk, decides to spray paint it gold. For the sleepy off-season village, this vandalism is scandalous. At the pub that night, the incident is thoroughly discussed and repudiated. So much so that no one seems to notice the absence of Tall Mr. Hughes, otherwise a nightly fixture at the bar. Only Miyuki, who ran into him on an early morning walk as she was admiring her rock art, suspects that something might be terribly wrong, and only by confessing her crime can she sound the alarm. In telling this affectless tale, Gold's third person narrator stands outside the (in)action of his sedate characters, treating them with the same reserved warmth they extend to each other. Miyuki emerges as a sympathetic character, and what she finds when she returnsto Grindl after cutting her holiday short is deftly handled-but don't blink or you'll miss it. It's something that could be said of the whole book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847676245
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
03/29/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
875,052
File size:
798 KB

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