The Dark Flood Rises

A Novel

A magnificently mordant reckoning with mortality by the great British novelist Margaret Drabble.

By Dame Margaret Drabble Read by Anna Bentinck Contemporary / Literary / Women's Fiction English, Unabridged 13h 22m Sell Sheet
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							Francesca Stubbs has a very full life. A highly regarded expert on housing for the elderly who is herself getting on in age, she drives "restlessly round England." Amid the professional conferences she attends, she fits in visits to old friends, brings home-cooked dinners to her ex-husband, texts her son, who is grieving over the sudden death of his girlfriend, and drops in on her daughter, a quirky young woman who lives in a floodplain in the West Country. This dark and glittering novel moves back and forth between an interconnected group of family and friends in England and a seemingly idyllic expat community in the Canary Islands, where we also observe the flow of immigrants from an increasingly war-torn Middle East.

"Those who appreciate her able combination of intelligence, wit, and rue will willingly follow Drabble into the sunset." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"This searingly sad but often hilarious novel chronicles the last dance of a few old codgers, and Drabble (The Sea Lady) has filled her tale with characters desperately trying to make sense of life and loss, of beauty, talent, missed opportunities, faded passion." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"The voice of Anna captivating as she smoothly transitions from the thoughts of one character to another...There's plenty of joy to be had in this thoughtful meditation on aging and mortality." - Library Journal, Starred Review

Best Books of 2016 - The Guardian; AudioFile Earphones Award Winner - Awards

"Mordant wit and a strong humanitarian concern coexist in this novel...[The Dark Flood Rises] is a significant achievement, admirable and truthful." - New Statesman

"Erudite, beautifully written, funny, tragic..." - Daily Mail

"With intimations of the pending ravages of global warming, Drabble's incisive grappling with questions of purpose and chance in life and death is peppered with wisdom, pluck, and humor." - Booklist

"But this humane and masterly novel by one of Britain's most dazzling writers is something else as well, deeper than mere philosophy: a praisesong for the tragical human predicament exactly as it has been ordained on Earth, our terminal house." - The New York Times

"Margaret Drabble finds wit and humor where you'd least expect it." - The Washington Post

"It's a truly lovely novel..." - NPR

"This masterly novel by the great English author Margaret Drabble is beautifully served by Anna Bentinck's low-key and sensitive performance, which permits the book's language and meaning to shine." - AudioFile Magazine