The History of Rain

Stephens Gerard Malone

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ISBN: 9781771089791

The History of Rain

  Author:   Stephens Gerard Malone    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

Literary historical fiction set in a war-torn Europe and glamourous Old Hollywood, following a lonely landscape gardener, from author of Big Town and I Still Have a Suitacase in Berlin

Our story begins in 1915. While convalescing in a French army hospital, Rain, a veteran of the Great War now raging across Europe, finds solace in aiding the buildings’ groundskeeper. An unlikely apprentice gardener, he buries himself in this work. The bulbs, the tubers, and the soil care not that his face is now deformed forever. “I say give the earth your rage, young man, and she’ll give you flowers”, the groundskeeper tells him. And so he does.

In the ensuing decadence of the postwar years, Rain finds himself lured into the intricate and lavish world of landscape gardening. In demand to a certain upper-class clientele, he travels the world to create magnificent gardens for celebrities and, eventually for the pictures during Hollywood’s Golden Age. But the nomadic nature of his work is also a way for him to chase his unrequitred love, Lily.

A sprawling story written in stunning, spare language, this anticipated new novel from the master wordsmith behind Big Town and I Still Have a Suitcase in Berlin is a lyrical, magical, and starkly realist meditation on the dissonant worlds that emerge from the conflict, and the lengths we’ll go to chase the illusion of love.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771089791
Item NB1542
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on September 30 2021
Language eng
Pages 232
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight(g)
Status NOT YET PUBLISHED
Stephens Gerard Malone is the author of Big Town, I Still Have a Suitcase in Berlin, Endless Bay, and Miss Elva, which was shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award. He lives in Halifax. Visit him at: stephensgerardmalone.wordpress.com

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