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  • The Heat of the Sun in Picador paperback

    The Heat of the Sun in Picador paperback

    Picador US released The Heat of the Sun in paperback in October 2013. The previous cover designs were remarkably different from each other and this one is very different again. We’re thrilled with this subtle but evocative image, as well as the great quotation from Andrew Solomon which appears under the title.

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  • Heat of the Sun UK Edition

    Heat of the Sun UK Edition

    When recently orpahned Woodley Sharpless encounters Ben Pinkerton -- known to all as 'Trouble' -- for the first time at the exclusive Blaze Academy, he is instantly enraptured. They are polar opposites; Ben is exotic and daring; Woodley is bookish and frail, yet their lives quickly become inextricable intertwined...

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  • Henry Holt publish Heat of the Sun hardback

    Henry Holt publish Heat of the Sun hardback

    Published by Henry Holt, November 2012. With Sophie Tucker belting from his hand-crank phonograph and a circle of boarding-school admirers laughing uproariously around him, Ben "Trouble" Pinkerton first appears to us through the amazed eyes of his Blaze Academy schoolmate, the crippled orphan Woodley Sharpless...

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Publishers Weekly

[The] characters and a sense of tragedy evoke American authors Fitzgerald and Styron, yet Rain’s outsider worldview enriches rather than dulls the narrative, particularly in sequences set in Pacific Rim Asia and others involving the Bomb. The author masterfully weaves Madam...

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Kirkus Reviews

A remarkable debut that reinvents, elaborates and extends into the late 20th century the story Puccini made famous in Madama Butterfly. Woodley Sharpless—orphan, cripple, closeted homosexual—is a noted biographer. He guides us through the life story of Ben “Trouble” Pinkerton...

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The Irish Times

This book is a thing of beauty: Rain constructs the story like an opera libretto, with an overture, four acts and an intermission. Swinging through the decades, intermingling cultural and political developments, Rain is subtle and assured, a writer of unquestionable talent...

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