Virago is delighted to announce that Linda Grant’s new novel, entitled Upstairs at the Party, will be published this summer on July 3rd.
Upstairs at the Party is a powerful and captivating novel about the moments and secrets that shape all our lives. In the early seventies a glamorous and androgynous couple known collectively as Evie/Stevie appear out of nowhere on the isolated concrete campus of a new university.
To a group of teenagers experimenting with radical ideas they seem blown back from the future, unsettling everything and uncovering covert desires. For Adele, with the most to conceal, Evie especially becomes a lifelong obsession, as she examines what happened on the night of her own twentieth birthday and her friends’ complicity in her fate. A set of school exercise books might reveal everything, but they have been missing for nearly forty years.
From summers in 1970s Cornwall to London in the twenty-first century, long after they have disappeared, Evie goes on challenging everyone’s ideas of what their lives should be.
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