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A love affair of a lifetime

One summer book that looks like a tall glass of water is The Rocks by Peter Nichols. Don’t be fooled by these breezy covers. We’ve included all the international editions so you can get an idea of just how loved this book is all over the world. They also give you a sense of the idyllic Mediterranean setting and brooding sexiness of the glitzy and sexy crowd—but this book is way more than light reading fodder.

To prove it, let’s start with the catastrophic opening scene. Soon after we’re propelled back in time to make sense of it.  The book’s main characters Lulu and Gerald, ex-spouses now in their 80s, have barely uttered a word to each other over the last sixty years so why are they together now, hurtling off a cliff to their untimely death?

Nichols spent a good deal of time on the island of Mallorca as a child and the novel reflects an inescapable tug for home, as well as the often-futile search for that anchored, feeling of belonging, in romantic love.

Buy The Rocks by Peter Nichols here or at your local independent bookstore.

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