The Bay of Noon A Novel

Shirley Hazzard




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192 Pages



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A young Englishwoman working in Naples, Jenny comes to Italy fleeing a history that threatened to undo her. Alone in the fabulously ruined city, she idly follows up a letter of introduction from an acquaintance and so changes her life forever. Through the letter, she meets Gioconda, a beautiful and gifted writer, and Gianni, a Roman film director and Gioconda's lover. At work she encounters Justin, a Scotsman enigmatically attractively. As she becomes increasingly involved in the lives of these three, she discovers that the past—and the patterns of a lifetime—are not easily discarded.


Praise for The Bay of Noon

"Drawn so perfectly that it seems to breathe."—The New York Times Book Review

"Hazzard's prose is clean, witty, playful, and economical. It weaves an armchair traveler's dream landscape."—The New York Times

"Hazzard applies her intelligence to produce a shock of recognition in the reader . . . and she has succeeded brilliantly."—The New Yorker

"Hazzard's polished prose constructs a sumptuous tapestry."—Jonathan Rabin

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The Bay of Noon

A military plane crashed that winter on Mount Vesuvius. The plane had taken off from Naples in fog; some hours afterwards it was reported missing. The search went on for hundreds of miles...

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  • Shirley Hazzard

  • Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016) was born in Sydney, Australia, and lived in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Britain, Italy, and the United States. She is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Transit of Venus (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), as well as a memoir of Graham Greene, Green on Capri, and her most recent novel, The Great Fire.

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