The first time that Gordon meets Annie they make love in a park.
Soon afterwards, on the 44th anniversary of D-Day, they are married.
Gordon, though American-born, has never had a home; instead, he led a life of barren privilege, travelling through the capitals of Europe with his mother.
Over the course of a year in London, Gordon and Annie construct an idea of married life for themselves, until their long-delayed honeymoon finally takes them to Venice.
But once there, the city's brilliance seems to distort rather than illuminate, and the story gathers an almost unbearable intensity before -- in a single act of absurd but devastating vilolence -- their bubble is pricked and the emptiness at the core of their gilded lives revealed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 21/01/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330419895