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In 1984 an assassination attempt was made on the British Prime minister at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England. In his novel, High Dive, Jonathan Lee uses this attack as a stimulating backdrop for the intertwining lives of Dan, an IRA recruit; Moose, the hotel Deputy General Manager; and Freya, Moose’s daughter. Using brief, beautiful prose and crisp wit, Lee intermingles these three lives in a series of poignant moments that ultimately culminate in a violently life-altering event.

— Sairsha

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**Named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle**

"Devastating . . . Inspired . . . We make so many complex emotional investments in the lives of Lee's characters that it takes a monk's restraint not to flip to the very end of the book before you get there." --Jennifer Senior, New York Times

In September 1984, a bomb was planted at the Grand Hotel in the seaside town of Brighton, England, set to explode in twenty-four days when the British prime minister and her entire cabinet would be staying there. High Dive not only takes us inside this audacious assassination attempt--a decisive act of violence on the world stage--but also imagines its way into a group of unforgettable characters. Nimbly weaving together fact and fiction, comedy and tragedy, the story switches among the perspectives of Dan, a young IRA explosives expert; Moose, a former star athlete gone to seed, who is now the deputy hotel manager; and Freya, his teenage daughter, trying to decide what comes after high school. Over the course of a mere four weeks, as the prime minister's arrival draws closer, each of their lives will be transformed forever.

A bold, astonishingly intimate novel of laughter and heartbreak, High Dive is a moving portrait of clashing loyalties, guilt and regret, and how individuals become the grist of history.

About the Author


JONATHAN LEE is a British writer whose recent fiction has appeared in Tin House, Granta, and A Public Space, among other magazines. High Dive is his first novel to be published in the United States. He lives in Brooklyn, where he is a contributing editor for Guernica and a regular contributor to The Paris Review Daily.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781101874592
ISBN-10: 1101874597
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English

 

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