September 2015 Indie Next List
“Boyd's new novel is the story of Amory Clay, whose father, a troubled World War I veteran, is absent. Amory's Uncle Greer gives her a camera and teaches her about photography, and it is this gift that allows her to make her own way in the world. As a young woman, she goes to Berlin in the '20s, New York in the '30s, and then to France during World War II, where she makes her mark as one of the first female war correspondents. Later in life, Amory continues to pursue her passions and dreams as she experiences love, marriage, children, and yet another war. Boyd employs actual photos to accentuate this sweeping tale of a life lived to the fullest, and demonstrates yet again why he is one of our greatest chroniclers of the human heart.”
— Cody Morrison (M), Square Books, Oxford, MS
When Amory Clay was born, in the decade before the Great War, her disappointed father gave her an androgynous name and announced the birth of a son. But this daughter was not one to let others define her; Amory became a woman who accepted no limits to what that could mean, and from the time she picked up her first camera, one who would record her own version of events.
Moving freely between London and New York, between photojournalism and fashion photography, and between the men who love her on complicated terms, Amory establishes her reputation as a risk taker and a passionate life traveler. Her hunger for experience draws her to the decadence of Weimar-era Berlin and the violence of London's Blackshirt riots, to the Rhineland with Allied troops and into the political tangle of war-torn Vietnam. During her ambitious career, the seminal moments of the twentieth century will become the unforgettable moments of her own biography as well.
In "Sweet Caress," Amory Clay comes wondrously to life, her vibrant personality enveloping the reader from the start. And, running through the novel, her photographs over the decades allow us to experience this vast story not only with Amory's voice but with her vision. William Boyd's "Sweet Caress" captures an entire lifetime unforgettably within its pages. It captivates.
About the Author
William Boyd is the author of thirteen previous novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet; Restless, winner of the Costa Book of the Year; Ordinary Thunderstorms; Waiting for Sunrise; and most recently, Solo: A James Bond Novel. Boyd lives in London and France. williamboyd.co.uk