Orphan’s Waltz

The short stories of Eugene McNamara are warmly, often deeply engaging. They are wry, bittersweet and wise.    – Joyce Carol Oates
This is a love story. In this, his first novel, Eugene McNamara tells the story of Jack Kaspar, failed architect, and son of an RAF pilot killed in the Battle of Britain, who spends his life feeling bereft, orphaned and exiled. Survivor of at least one blighted love affair and a failed marriage, he is wary about his future when he meets Sally Hudson, art curator, herself a survivor of an abusive marriage. Jack and Sally’s love story is interspersed with passages from Jack’s grandfather’s journal, his grandmother’s journal, excerpts from books about his grandmother, Jack’s imagined re-creation of his parents’ first meeting, Jack’s own journal, and Sally’s journal. This novel is about the painful burden of public and private history and how the survivors cope and get on with their own lives.

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