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Kansas in August

by Patrick Gale
£5.99   paperback  Harper Collins (1993)

Kansas in August by Patrick Gale Kansas in Augustis a toe-tapping story of life and its wonderful and unexpected complexities. For the beauty of being a hopeless romantic is that whatever nasty surprises are thrown in your path, you can't help bouncing back with a song in your heart. Or can you?
Hilary is a charismatic young teacher with a closet tap-dancing habit and a chronic tenedency to live life like a 1950s musical, finding Technicolour romance where realists see only monochrome muddle. As blinkered by good sense as he is by optimism, his sister, Henry, is a psychologist, maintaining crisp control in the face of her patients' insanity and a crumbling health service. Their romantic nemisis is Rufus, a sexy but dangerously confused love-god who pays the rent by giving piano lessons. Their salvation, more outrageously magical than any Bollywood musical, comes through the unexpected agency of a baby abandoned in a West London underpass and the secret mystic devotion of a downtrodden schoolgirl.

ISBN 13: 9780006545460 | ISBN 10: 0006545467