Underground Fugue

Underground Fugue

by Margot Singer


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Underground Fugue by Margot Singer

A New York Times Editors' Choice

“A pleasure to read from beginning to end.”
 —Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March

Esther, an American art conservator, has fled New York for London—partly to escape her failing marriage, partly to tend to her dying mother. On her first night there, she spots a young man returning home very late, wet and muddy, to the house next door. Their eyes connect and he disappears inside.

This first encounter sparks Esther’s curiosity about her new neighbors: Amir, the moody college student she caught sneaking in, and, more intruiguing still, Amir’s father, Javad—a neuroscientist from Iran.        

Throughout the spring, a tentative friendship blossoms, but when terrorists attack London’s tube and bus lines in July, Esther finds her relationship with Javad strained by her gnawing suspicions about Amir . . . suspicions that will ultimately upend the possibilities for the future, and reveal the deep stamp of the past.

Sweeping, suspenseful, and exquisitely written, Underground Fugue is a powerful testament to how human connection can survive history’s most fearsome echoes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612197302
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 300,025
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Margot Singer won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award for her story collection, The Pale of Settlement. Her work has been featured on NPR and in the Kenyon Review, the Gettysburg Review, Agni, and Conjunctions, among other publications. She is a professor of English at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were many things I liked about Margot Singer’s Underground Fugue. The musicality of certain parts of the book, as they subtly refer back to the title, are wonderful to look out for and to find. I enjoyed how the perspective jumped around the two households, even though the story seemed based on Esther. It gave a much broader narrative and I get to know the characters much better. Javad’s character interested me because of the work he is doing in the novel with the Piano Man. Esther’s tragic loss makes it impossible not to feel huge amounts of sympathy for her. There are many layers to the novel. Firstly, there is this exploration that goes on underground in London. Then there are the intricate familial bonds which we get to look at behind closed doors. We get to see friendships develop. The characters come from two completely different walks of life but they both seem to be on the run from their lives. Trust is a big theme in the book, as Esther begins to suspect Amir may be involved in the bombing. The bombing itself brought about a change in pace to the novel. Before that point, there were some parts where the reflections on the past seem to drag on a little bit for me. But as a whole it was an intricately layered and well-researched book with two complex characters in the forefront, who we get to know more and more in the novel. I think someone looking for a good novel that grapples with friendship, love, loss, thrill, trust, adventure, and culture will enjoy this novel.