A riotous dark comedy set in the backstreets of London about an unconventional love triangle, a lonely teacher, and a lost baby.
Hilary Metcalfe is an English teacher who loathes his work so thoroughly that he requires a half bottle of scotch in order to grade a stack of homework. His only joys are private ones: American musicals, from South Pacific to The King and I, and his absolutely gorgeous lover, Rufus, whom he has utterly failed to domesticate. Once, he had dreams of being an actor, a star of London’s West End. Now he would settle for the knowledge that Rufus is his and his alone. He’ll get neither—but he may get something much better instead.
When Rufus stands him up on his birthday, Hilary discovers something astonishing in the subway station: a frightened, abandoned baby boy. Drunk and lonely, Hilary brings the baby home to his seedy Shepherd’s Bush flat, and soon finds he cannot live without the child. As Rufus falls into a romantic encounter with, of all people, Hilary’s sister, the three are caught in a bizarre love triangle—with a baby in the middle.
A spiritual sequel to Patrick Gale’s second London novel, Ease, this is a charming portrait of the British capital at its most cosmopolitan. For anyone who has ever wished for a life different from his own, Kansas in August is a captivating tale.
Open Road Media; August 2016
- ISBN: 9781504038607
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: Kansas in August
- Author: Patrick Gale
Imprint: Open Road Media
In The Press
Praise for Patrick Gale
“A young British novelist whose gifts and insights are notable. Patrick Gale writes with the understated fluency that is the hallmark of contemporary British fiction, and with the irony that usually accompanies it.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“A clever, original writer with a sharp eye for social comedy and an equally sharp ear for dialogue.” —The Washington Post Book World
“A young British novelist of astonishing originality.” —The Boston Globe
About The Author
Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester, before attending Oxford University. He now lives on a farm near Land’s End. One of the United Kingdom’s best-loved novelists, his recent works include A Perfectly Good Man
, The Whole Day Through
, and the Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller Notes from an Exhibition
. His latest novel, A Place Called Winter
, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize, the Walter Scott Prize, and the Independent Booksellers’ Novel of the Year award. To find out more about Patrick and his work, visit www.galewarning.org