Author(s): Justin Haythe
The Honeymoon Is set at the end of the 20th century, as a young man unpicks the series of events that have caused his life to unravel. The first time that Gordon meets Annie they make love in a park. Soon afterwards, on the 44th anniversary of D-Day, they are married. Gordon, though American-born, has never had a home; instead, he led a life of barren privilege, travelling through the capitals of Europe with his mother.
Over the course of a year in London, Gordon and Annie construct an idea of married life for themselves, until their long-delayed honeymoon finally takes them to Venice. But once there, the city's brilliance seems to distort rather than illuminate, and the story gathers an almost unbearable intensity before - in a single act of absurd but devastating vilolence - their bubble is pricked and the emptiness at the core of their gilded lives revealed.
The Honeymoon marks the debut of a remarkably assured novelist. Besutifully crafted, gently funny and surprising, it is an arresting depiction of the dangers of previleged and desultory lives.