Three generations, two families and the dangerous delights of a Mediterranean island, The Rocks is a bittersweet chronicle of unresolved feuds.
Set on the island of Mallorca, The Rocks is a double love story told in reverse. Opening in 2005 with a dramatic event that seems to seal the mystery of two lives, the story moves backwards in time, unravelling over sixty years, amid the olive groves and bars, the boats and poolside parties, the lives and relationships of two intertwined families within an expat community of endearing and flawed characters. As one story is revealed, another, sweeter one, a love story of a couple from the younger generation, arises in the wake of their elder's failures.
The Rocks is a darkly comic, bittersweet, finally heartbreaking novel, that slips back in time to reveal the shocking incident that marked and altered these lives for ever.
Peter Nichols was born in the USA and brought up in Europe. As well as writing four non-fiction titles and a novel, he has worked as an actor, shepherd and sea captain, sailing widely across the world. As a journalist he has written for the New York Times, London Review of Books, The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and GQ. He lives in Maine and teaches creative writing at various US universities.