A wonderfully engaging novel about happiness, set over a summer in Edinburgh.
When translator Edgar Logan arrives from his home in Paris to work in Edinburgh he anticipates a period of enlightenment and calm. But when he is befriended by the philosopher Harry Sanderson and his captivating artist wife, Edgar's meticulously circumscribed life is suddenly propelled into drama and crisis. Drawn into the Sandersons' troubled marriage, Edgar must confront both his own deepest fears from the past and his present growing attraction to the elusive Carrie.
Moving, witty and wise, THE MISSING SHADE OF BLUE is a compelling portrait of the modern condition, from the absence of faith to the scourge of sexual jealousy and the elusive nature of happiness.
Jennie Erdal worked in publishing for many years as an editor and translator from Russian. Her memoir, Ghosting: A Double Life, became an international bestseller and was shortlisted for a number of prizes. She is a regular contributor of features and reviews for the arts pages of the Financial Times and other publications. She lives in St Andrews and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Dundee.