The Rocks

The Rocks

eBook - 2015
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"Irresistibly sunny... Set in the brightly lit Mediterranean amid old olive trees and sexual intrigue, music and wine and beautiful women... Propulsive." - The New York Times Book Review

"The perfect book for pretending it's already beach season." - O, The Oprah Magazine

A romantic page-turner propelled by the sixty-year secret that has shaped two families, four lovers, and one seaside resort community.

Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for sixty more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet-like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later? Centered around a popular seaside resort club and its community, The Rocks is a double love story that begins with a mystery, then moves backward in time, era by era, to unravel what really happened decades earlier.

Peter Nichols writes with a pervading, soulful wisdom and self-knowing humor, and captures perfectly this world of glamorous, complicated, misbehaving types with all their sophisticated flaws and genuine longing. The result is a bittersweet, intelligent, and romantic novel about how powerful the perceived truth can be--as a bond, and as a barrier--even if it's not really the whole story; and how one misunderstanding can echo irreparably through decades.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, A member of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
ISBN: 9780698167995
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)


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Dec 25, 2016

This is a curious novel. The writing itself is well crafted, pace and description move us along confidently. The characters are drawn sufficiently well, to live within the story and fulfill their very different arc's of plot and subplot. The trouble seems to occur with the premise of story telling itself. Is it fair to tell a story backwards? Is it fair to keep characters apart because they haven't the personal courage (otherwise shown in their lives) to bring light to a mystery that dictates who they will/have become?
There is romantic tragedy here, but is it really believable?
Yes, it is believable. People behave this way, are torn and pulled and wracked with pain and regret, yet survive and flourish. Nichols gives us a glorious setting, rich in detail, light and atmosphere. And unforgettable characters, perhaps a bit familiar in an Agatha Christie sort of way, yet nonetheless, intriguing and real. No ho hum about it, page turner.

sassie Sep 01, 2015

Be patient with this book and it will reward you. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and the telling of the story in reverse is frustrating at first. However, I got pulled into the story and had to read compulsively to the end to discover what the life experiences of each main character had been to make them become the people we meet in the first few chapters. I agree with the Library Journal's review that Lulu is an unlikable character and she has a ripple effect on all those around her.

Aug 10, 2015

I was really intrigued by the premise and especially the structure of this book but I found it boring & tedious. The relationships and characters seemed one dimensional and all the exquisite detail was used on insignificant locations & events when I really wanted there to be more developed characters and interesting relationships.


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