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  • Published: 6 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448138630
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

The American Lover

Now reissued with a stunning new jacket look, a seductive collection of stories from 'a magnificent story-teller' (Independent on Sunday)

A seductive collection of stories from the 'magnificent story-teller' (Independent on Sunday). Rose Tremain has sold over one million copies of her books.

Trapped in a London flat, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster’s cottage, miles from Moscow. A father, finally free of his daughter’s demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor.

‘Superb, each story a perfectly cut jewel’ Irish Times

  • Published: 6 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448138630
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the author

Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s novels and short stories have been published in thirty countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Dylan Thomas Award (The Colonel's Daughter and Other Stories), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence) and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country). Her most recent novel, The Gustav Sonata, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. It won the National Jewish Book Award in the US, the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the UK and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and a Dame in 2020. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.


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Praise for The American Lover

With her razor-sharp talent, Rose Tremain hooks you in by line one and never lets you go. In these sophisticated short stories she doesn’t allow a single sentence to slouch

Kerry Fowler, Sainsbury's Magazine

Tremain’s a gifted storyteller with an enviable lightness of touch

Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

A pleasure to read

Sarah A. Smith, Literary Review

There is nothing blousy or indulgent about Tremain’s prose – quite the opposite. Her sentences have an arrow-like quality that strikes to the heart, and as a…master of the form, she knows exactly what to leave out. The result is a superb collection that will leave you hungry for more

Stephanie Cross, Lady

Whatever Tremain's canvas, she has a knack of infecting the reader with her own absorption. The cumulative effect of The American Lover is thus deeply satisfying and unsettling

Rosemary Goring, Herald Scotland

In this delightful collection of short stories, the award-winning author burrows deep into the essence of her characters so we’re immersed in their lives in just a few pages


Powerful, involving, wide-ranging collection

Gerard Woodward, Guardian

With a keen ear for dialogue and restless changes of scene, she shows desire and disappointment to be universal, timeless emotions

Nicholas Blincoe, Sunday Telegraph

A seemingly effortless performance... the writing glides along, elegantly dropping details that suggest a whole way of life

Phil Baker, The Sunday Times

Tremain's stories offer an elegant snapshot of other people's lives that leaves an emotional impact long after you close the book

Michelle Margherita, Stylist

Stunning collection of short stories

Deirdre O’brien, Sunday Mirror

Tremain’s canvas is broad, flitting numbly through time and the breadth of human emotions

Sunday Express

Rose Tremain can turn her hand to almost anything, be it glittering historical fiction or contemporary social realism, and this skillful new collection brims over with human feeling


Warm, moving, often humorous and sometimes heartbreaking

Michelle Margherita, 5 stars, Stylist

Understated and unshowy, Tremain is a consummate stylist

Mail on Sunday

In these wide-ranging stories – playful, elaborate, but never showy…- she allows her readers to feel similarly imperiled but, mercifully, unobserved

Alex Clark, New Statesman

Tremain proves she is incredibly skilled at making the reader become attached to characters; their acute observations of human behavior make these highly interesting and thought-provoking reads

Harriet Shephard, UK Press Syndication

The American Lover is…superb, each story a perfectly cut jewel

Neel Mukherjee, Irish Times

Tremain’s acute observations of human behaviour make these highly interesting and thought-provoking reads

Harriet Shephard, 4 stars, UK Press Syndication

Rose Tremain awakens the senses in this diverse collection of short stories. In her precise yet sensuous style she lays bare the soul of her characters…to uncover a dazzling range of human emotions and desires

Cath Turner, Nudge

Rose Tremain’s writing offers a subtle blend of wit and compassion

Molly Scott Cato, Times Higher Education

Those who are already fans won’t be disappointed by this collection of short stories

Sophie King, Sidmouth Herald

An impressive dance around time

Joanne Hayden, Sunday Business Post

Tremain presents a large cast of ill-starred characters, each laid low by their heart… But even in the most melancholy stories, Tremain delivers slivers of hope or humour to temper the tragedies… This collection highlights with subtlety and grace just how human it is to get things wrong

Daily Telegraph

Tremain moves blithely between centuries and sensibilities

Emma Hagestadt, Independent


Brandon Robshaw, four stars, Independent on Sunday