The Undertow

The Undertow

by Jo Baker
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The Undertow by Jo Baker

The American debut of an enthralling new voice: a vivid, indelibly told work of fiction that follows four generations of a family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century—a novel about inheritance, about fate and passion, and about what it means to truly break free of the past.

This is the story of the Hastings family—their secrets, their loves and losses, dreams and heartbreaks—captured in a seamless series of individual moments that span the years between the First World War and the present. The novel opens in 1914 as William, a young factory worker, spends one last evening at home before his departure for the navy . . . His son, Billy, grows into a champion cyclist and will ride into the D-Day landings on a military bicycle . . . His son in turn, Will, struggles with a debilitating handicap to become an Oxford professor in the 1960s . . . And finally, young Billie Hastings makes a life for herself as an artist in contemporary London. Just as the names echo down through the family, so too does the legacy of choices made, chances lost, and truths long buried.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307958365
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,178,227
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jo Baker was born in Lancashire and educated at Oxford and Belfast. The Undertow is her first publication in the United States. She is the author of three previous novels published in the United Kingdom: Offcomer, The Mermaid’s Child, and The Telling. She lives in Lancaster.

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The Undertow 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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I enjoyed the character development and story line. U
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GranT More than 1 year ago
Didn't finish this book. Don't waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An okay story, could have been much better than it was. Got kind of sappy in middle and never really came to a good end with all the characters.
bstelow More than 1 year ago
Interesting with good character development but not a book I'm glad I read.
mamacita53 More than 1 year ago
Purchased this for my Nook Library and have not had an opportunity to read it yet so I can not comment.