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"A love story set in the gritty yet magnificent theater world of 1970's London"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

Starting a new life in London, aspiring playwright Luke Kanowski, who is much sought after, becomes caught in a tangled web of love, friendship, and art that, when it unravels, has terrible consequences for all involved. - (Baker & Taylor)

Starting a new life in London, aspiring playwright Luke Kanowski, who is much sought after, becomes caught in a tangled web of love, friendship and art that, when it unravels, has terrible consequences for all involved. 35,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

Sadie Jones, the award winning, bestselling author of The Uninvited Guests and The Outcast, explores the theater of love, the politics of theater, and the love of writing in this deeply romantic story about a young playwright in 1970s London.

Leaving behind an emotionally disastrous childhood in a provincial northern town, budding playwright Luke Kanowski begins a new life in London that includes Paul Driscoll, an aspiring producer who will become his best friend, and Leigh Radley, Paul's girlfriend. Talented and ambitious, the trio found a small theater company that enjoys unexpected early success. Then, one fateful evening, Luke meets Nina Jacobs, a dynamic and emotionally damaged actress he cannot forget, even after she drifts into a marriage with a manipulative theater producer.

As Luke becomes a highly sought after playwright, he stumbles in love, caught in two triangles where love requited and unrequited, friendship, and art will clash with terrible consequences for all involved.

Fallout is an elegantly crafted novel whose characters struggle to escape the various cataclysms of their respective pasts. Falling in love convinces us we are the pawns of the gods; Fallout brings us firmly into the psyche of romantic love—its sickness and its ecstasy.


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Four young people in 1970s London race toward the future, fueled by love, betrayal, and creative ambition.

Luke Kanowski is a young playwright— intense, magnetic, and eager for life. He escapes a disastrous upbringing in the northeast and, arriving in London, meets Paul Driscoll, an aspiring producer, and the beautiful, fiery Leigh Radley, the woman Paul loves.

The three set up a radical theater company, living and working together; a romantic connection forged in candlelit rehearsal rooms during power cuts and smoky late-night parties in Chelsea's run-down flats. The gritty rebellion of pub theater is fighting for its place against a West End dominated by racy revue shows and the giants of twentieth-century drama.

Nina Jacobs is a fragile actress, bullied by her mother and in thrall to a controlling producer. When Luke meets Nina, he recognizes a soul in danger—but how much must he risk to save her?

Everything he has fought for—loyalty, friendship, art—is drawn into the heat of their collision. As Luke ricochets between honesty and deceit, the promise of the future and his own painful past, the fallout threatens to be immense.


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*Starred Review* This intoxicating, deeply romantic novel of theater, love, and friendship is set in London during the 1970s. Luke Kanowski is desperate to escape his provincial hometown and the specter of his mentally ill mother, locked away in an asylum, and his depressed father, who numbs himself with drink. When Luke moves to London and falls in with aspiring producer Paul Driscoll and Paul's girlfriend, Leigh Radley, he finally feels that he has found a home for himself, both personally and artistically. The three form a repertory company, madly building sets, holding casting calls, and searching for the best scripts. And although Luke is loath to show anyone his work, he spends hours locked in his room, pouring his experiences onto paper. When he finally emerges with a script that becomes a hugely successful play, he finds that artistic triumph is more complicated than he could ever have imagined, especially when his married lover, fragile actress Nina Jacobs, becomes obsessed with landing a part in the play, despite the fact that she is wrong for the part. With both microscopic precision and operatic emotions, Jones, in her fourth novel (after The Uninvited Guests, 2012), perfectly captures the exhilaration of the young and the talented as they find their footing in both art and love. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews

Hats off to Jones (The Uninvited Guests; The Outcast) for starting a novel with a 13-year-old boy picking the lock at the psychiatric hospital to spring his mother. That startling opening draws readers into the romantic story of a young writer in 1970s London. Luke breaks away from his small town in northern England and embarks on a journey to becoming a playwright. His story twists and turns through the London theater scene and drug culture as Luke struggles with literary ambition, success, and the throes of falling in and out of love. In his naïveté, the quirky playwright uses women like tissues and goes home to write plays until the wee hours. With a producer and a woman stage manager, Luke forms a theater company and the first of several triangles in his quest for love, art, and friendship. When Luke becomes enmeshed with a married actress, he comes of age by facing the consequences. VERDICT Jones's intricate, complex plot, sympathetically drawn characters, and authentic depictions of damaged genius make an unassailable claim for the power of a writer's detailed observation in the face of formula fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 11/3/13.]—J.L. Morin, Boston Univ.

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