The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst (March 13, 2018)
The book has been getting good reviews by leading newspapers and publications.
Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel is almost as hard to pin down as it is to put down. Its real subject seems to grow more, rather than less, mysterious as the book progresses. Meanwhile, the immense assurance of the writing, the deep knowledge of the settings and periods in which the story unfolds, the mingling of cruel humour and lyrical tenderness, the insatiable interest in human desire from its most refined to its most brutally carnal, grip you as tightly as any thriller. – www.theguardian.com
Reading Hollinghurst’s novels is a little like being an observer Rear Window-style; he’s an author who relies as much on what he doesn’t show as what he does. The narrative of The Sparsholt Affair, like his other work – most notably The Stranger’s Child and The Line of Beauty – is heavily directed by action that takes place off-stage and in-between scenes. As when looking in through a window, the reader only sees a portion of what’s happening, left to piece together the rest via clues littered around the room, or in the gaps between the prose. – www.independent.co.uk