Tenderness, forthcoming

September 2021 in UK, Canada, India, New Zealand, Australia

November 9 in USA

A ‘magnificent nonlinear spin on Lady Chatterley’s Lover and the censorship of literature during D.H. Lawrence’s life and beyond. . . . MacLeod covers an astonishingly broad range of incidents, eras, and themes in vivid prose, and depicts Lawrence’s supporters and opponents with equal insight and sympathy. [T]riumphant… this places MacLeod among the best of contemporary novelists.’ —Publishers Weekly, starred review

‘This exceptionally written and deeply affecting novel centres on the Lady Chatterley obscenity trial, and weaves a deft and compelling plot around it. Grand in scope, but intimate in feeling, it is a must read.’ — NetGalley

Tenderness is a passionate, epic joy.  It’s a paean to artistic imagination and freedom, and also to the messy complexity of humanity. The characters leap from the page with astonishing life that is all the more impressive given their historical fame.  MacLeod’s prose is a masterclass–gripping, lyrical, witty, razor-sharp and filled with, yes, tenderness. I will never forget it.’ — MADELINE MILLER, author of Circe and The Song of Achilles

‘Powerful, moving, brilliant — I’ve never read anything quite like TENDERNESS, and I doubt I ever will again. This is more than a book about a book; this is a book about living — about really living, at the most dangerous and beautiful edges of the human experience. I stand in awe of Alison MacLeod. She is a novelist operating at the peak of her powers — no less a genius than the master whose work she has so lovingly and shrewdly explored here. She moves across time and space like a wizard, wrapping up fact within fiction so magically that you can’t find a seam anywhere. TENDERNESS is an utterly captivating read, and I came away from it with this astonished thought: There’s nothing this writer can’t do.’ –-  ELIZABETH GILBERT, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things

Tenderness is a triumph and it will conquer your heart. Stunning, illuminating, but also, profoundly moving.’ – ELIF SHAFAK, author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

‘Gorgeously written and meticulously conceived, Alison MacLeod’s Tenderness presents history as it didn’t happen, and in so doing casts a new light on history as it did happen.’ — DAVID LEAVITT, author of Shelter in Place

‘Alison MacLeod has bored deep into significant cultural fault-lines of the twentieth century: DH Lawrence’s grappling with Edwardian England’s psychological timidity; America’s moment of political optimism with the Kennedys; the trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. She has disentangled connections – roots – between them and their participants, and emerged with a great sweeping symphony of a novel.’ – TIM PEARS, author of The West Country Trilogy

‘As sublimely crafted as a novel could ever be. I’m in awe of Alison’s powers. Tenderness is an intricate, mesmerising tapestry of love and regret, prudery and desire, loneliness and togetherness, loyalty and betrayal, and the enigmas and conundrums involved in the art of committing these experiences to the page.’ – ISABELLA TREE, author of Wilding: the return of nature to a British farm

‘TENDERNESS is amazing. It is a book about love and struggle – the subjects of all the greatest novels. It lifted my heart and tore at it. I loved the novel so much I have to go back and read it again. Genius’ — VICKI FEAVER, author of I Want! I Want!


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