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Mapping the Edge (1999)

von Sarah Dunant

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Anna packs her bags one day without telling anyone where and why she is going - just that she'll be back soon. Her thoughts, as she boards a plane, is that this journey will give her time to think about her life - as a woman hitting forty, a journalist and a single mother. She has no premonition that she will become a statistic in a missing person file. Left at home is Anna's beloved six year old daughter Lily, her gay friend Paul who is surrogate father to Lily, and her eccentric best friend Estella. When Anna doesn't return, they make uneasy excuses, until, as time passes, the mind-numbing possibility that Anna might not be coming back, becomes terrifyingly real. And while those closest to her battle with their imaginations, Anna is on a dark journey - in one scenario Anna is on a ravishing, sexual adventure, on the other, much darker voyage, she is the victim of a stranger's dangerous sexual fantasy. In a masterpiece of emotionally intelligent and nerve-wracking suspense, Sarah Dunant takes us to the very edge.… (mehr)
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There are two concurrent running possibilities of why Anna does not return home from a weekend in Italy. We are left with which one is the right one. ( )
  Smits | Oct 7, 2021 |
An interesting premise, but poorly executed. Mapping the Edge tells the stories of Anna, a woman who has vanished after a few days in Italy. I say "stories" because this novel follows two plotlines about Anna- two alternative accounts of what could have happened to her after she goes missing. A third storyline follows Anna's friends and family at home in England, who are trying to piece together the puzzle of her disappearance.

This novel felt like a literary experiment. Sarah Dunant is a fantastic writer (do yourself a favor and read [b:The Birth of Venus|28078|The Birth of Venus|Sarah Dunant|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388195878s/28078.jpg|815591]) but she couldn't make this work. Other reviewers have said it before me, but she really should have stuck to one storyline and fleshed it out a bit more and left the reader with some answers at the end. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
Anna is a single mother living in London. The father of her child didn't even know she was pregnant and is not in the picture. Anna decides to go to Florence knowing that her daughter is well taken care of by the child-minder for a few days. The story is told from two points of view (actually three). One is Anna's best female friend, a corporate lawyer in Amsterdam, who flies over to London when she is contacted by Anna's other good friend, a gay man who is a surrogate father for Anna's child, when Anna is a day late coming home. The other point of view is Anna's in Italy except that two alternative scenarios are presented one after another. In one Anna has come to Florence alone and is kidnapped on her way to the airport on her return. In the other Anna has come to Florence to meet a lover. The lover didn't arrive on time but when he phones just before she is due to leave for the airport Anna goes to meet him and decides to stay longer. So in the one scenario, Anna's failure to contact home is beyond her control while in the other it is a series of errors that mean Anna has not been heard from. We don't find out which is true until the very end and therefore we don't know whether Anna is in danger or not.

It's a very clever technique and very readable as well. I'll be looking for more of this writer's books. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 7, 2017 |
I really really loved this book. birth of venus was a let down after this ( )
  pam.enser | Apr 1, 2013 |
Dunant is vooral bekend is van haar historische romans als de geboorte van Venus. In dit verhaal dat zich afspeelt speelt in het Italië van nu boort zij een ander genre aan. Het boek is intelligent opgebouwd in verschillende lagen. Het is onderhoudend en spannend. De moeite waard om te lezen, zonder dat het boek bij mij nu een onvergetelijke indruk achterlaat. ( )
  judikasp | Oct 28, 2012 |
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Anna packs her bags one day without telling anyone where and why she is going - just that she'll be back soon. Her thoughts, as she boards a plane, is that this journey will give her time to think about her life - as a woman hitting forty, a journalist and a single mother. She has no premonition that she will become a statistic in a missing person file. Left at home is Anna's beloved six year old daughter Lily, her gay friend Paul who is surrogate father to Lily, and her eccentric best friend Estella. When Anna doesn't return, they make uneasy excuses, until, as time passes, the mind-numbing possibility that Anna might not be coming back, becomes terrifyingly real. And while those closest to her battle with their imaginations, Anna is on a dark journey - in one scenario Anna is on a ravishing, sexual adventure, on the other, much darker voyage, she is the victim of a stranger's dangerous sexual fantasy. In a masterpiece of emotionally intelligent and nerve-wracking suspense, Sarah Dunant takes us to the very edge.

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