This is the story of the Hastings family—their secrets, their loves and losses, dreams and heartbreaks—captured in a seamless series of individual moments that span the years between the first World War and the present. The novel opens in 1914 as William, a young factory worker, spends one last evening at home before his departure for the navy…His son Billy grows into a champion cyclist and will ride into the D–Day landings on a military bicycle…His son, in turn, Will, struggles with a debilitating handicap to become an Oxford professor in the 1960s…And finally, young Billie Hastings makes a life for herself as an artist in contemporary London.
About the Author
Jo Baker was born in Lancashire, and was educated at Oxford and Belfast. The Undertow is her first U.S. publication. She is the author of three previous novels.