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Misplaced Persons

Susan Beale

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Rocked by her husband's affair, a woman decides to welcome a refugee to live with her family - but how will this addition affect her family?

From the author of the Costa Prize shortlisted The Good Guy

The Yardley family is fracturing.

Eighteen years since their move to Brussels and the future is clouded with uncertainty for Neil, a Brit, American Marcy and their three Belgian-born children. Wrapped up in their own worries, Neil and Marcy fail to see how much their middle child, Alec, is struggling. When Marcy offers shelter to a young Syrian refugee, it triggers an explosive train of events that affects every member of the family.

Against a backdrop of growing terror threats and Europe's worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, Misplaced Persons astutely explores miscues and misunderstandings, the strength of family bonds and the meaning of home.

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Praise for Misplaced Persons

  • Praise for The Good Guy: - .

  • Beale has crafted an engaging and harrowing portrait of womanhood and domestic life, astutely exploring the many ways in which distance and proximity can co-exist - Times Literary Supplement

  • Fresh and lively - Daily Mail

  • The Good Guy is no honeyed exercise in nostalgia: it's an exploration of the deception and conformity at the heart of the American dream - Guardian Online

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Susan Beale

Susan Beale's first novel, The Good Guy, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award in 2016. A graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Creative Writing, she lived in Brussels for over sixteen years and currently resides in Amsterdam.

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