The Bay of Angels
2001. A paperback copy in near fine condition.
Despite growing up with a widowed and reclusive mother, young Zo Cunningham retains an unshakable faith in storybook happy endings. When her mother, Anne, finally decides to remarry, Zo is thrilled with her prospective stepfather, Simon Gould, who is not only wealthy, but also kind and generous. Simon's affection for his new family allows Zo to pursue what she thinks is an independent life: her own apartment in a fashionable part of London, a university education, casual affairs, and carefree holidays at Simon's villa in Nice. When a series of unexpected calamities intervene, Zo learns that the idyllic freedom she enjoys has come at a steep price. To preserve both her mother's and her own sense of wellbeing, Zo must discern the real motives of the strangers on whom she now depends, including the silent and mysterious man whose nocturnal movements have attracted her attention.
Anita Brookner was born in London in 1928. She trained as an art historian and taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art until 1988. She lives in London SW10. THE BAY OF ANGELS is the 20th novel from this Booker Prize-winning author.