MR. MAC AND ME, by Esther Freud
The man, Mr. Mac, goes for long, solitary walks along the coast, often at night, and usually with a spyglass. Thomas, an artist, is fascinated by the couple, and begins to spend time with them. Mr. Mac, it turns out, is the famous architect and designer Charles Rennie Macintosh and his equally talented but gender-shackled wife. As the war intensifies, some people begin to question why the couple has come here. As with all Freud's books, the subtle stories of lives transformed is beautifully accomplished, and Thomas's life - as fascinating in its way as Macintosh's - unfolds with beautiful symmetry. This is a 5, and would make a wonderful gift for a dear friend.
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