An Unexpected Guest

A Novel
By Anne Korkeakivi (Trade Paperback, 2013)
"A beautifully written novel about living with our many selves."
- Nicola Keegan, author of Swimming

Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. More unnerving is a recurring face in the crowd, one that belonged to another, darker era of her life. One she never expected to see again.

Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $17.99 US/$20.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316249980

    • On Sale Date: 01/03/2013

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

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"A beautifully written novel about living with our many selves."
- Nicola Keegan, author of Swimming

Clare Moorhouse, the American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, is arranging an official dinner crucial to her husband's career. As she shops for fresh stalks of asparagus and works out the menu and seating arrangements, her day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. More unnerving is a recurring face in the crowd, one that belonged to another, darker era of her life. One she never expected to see again.

Like Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway, Anne Korkeakivi brilliantly weaves the complexities of an age into an act as deceptively simple as hosting a dinner party.

Anne Korkeakivi was born and raised in New York City but currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband, who works at the United Nations, and two daughters. She has also lived in France, Finland, and a number of states in the Union, accumulating a B.A. in Classics and an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature. Her short stories have run in The Yale Review,The Atlantic, The Bellevue Literary Review, and other magazines.

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $17.99 US/$20.99 CAN
  • Pages: 400
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316249980
  • On Sale Date: 01/03/2013