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.
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