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The Good Guy: A deeply compelling novel about love and marriage set in 1960s suburban America

Susan Beale

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c 1960 to c 1970, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A deeply compelling novel set in 1960s suburban America. This is a brilliant first novel about love, marriage and self-deception.

Ted, a car-tyre salesman in 1960s suburban New England, is a dreamer who craves admiration. His wife, Abigail, longs for a life of the mind. Single-girl Penny just wants to be loved. When a chance encounter brings Ted and Penny together, he becomes enamoured and begins inventing a whole new life with her at its centre. But when this fantasy collides with reality, the fallout threatens everything, and everyone, he holds dear.

THE GOOD GUY is a deeply compelling debut about love, marriage and what happens when good intentions and self-deception are taken to extremes.

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Praise for The Good Guy: A deeply compelling novel about love and marriage set in 1960s suburban America

  • A joy - Samantha Harvey, author of The Wilderness

  • What Beale does so beautifully in this accomplished debut novel is to put you right into the minds of the three main characters . . . A few other things also set this book apart. One is the framing device of a prologue and epilogue set in 2008, showing one of the long-term effects of Ted and Penny's affair and demonstrating the story's personal resonance for the author. Another is the authentic period voices and vocabulary, often expressed in food metaphors . . . a delicious, slightly gossipy summer read with a Mad Men feel to it. I'd especially recommend this to readers who enjoyed The Longest Night by Andria Williams and Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann - Bookbag

  • There's definitely a Mad Men vibe to The Good Guy - Red

  • Perfect summer read - Nudge Books

  • Fresh and lively - Daily Mail

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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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