The Halt During the Chase

Rosemary Tonks

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Finally back in print, a remarkable, hilarious coming-of-age novel from the cult classic writer Rosemary Tonks

Available October 3, 2023

The Halt During the Chase

Fictionby Rosemary Tonks

Sophie—a clever and charming young woman—is trying to get out from under her mother’s thumb. She’s in love with her childhood friend Philip (pragmatic, attractive, a bit of a bore), but she often worries that she loves him too much for her own good, and that he might only be another thumb to crawl under.

Both a sincere bildungsroman of Sophie’s attempt to seize a life for herself and a comic masterpiece with cutting observations and asides, The Halt During the Chase is flutteringly alive as it discusses different forms of love, adulthood (“Isn’t buying new lampshades a form of slow death?”), marriage, insecurity, and stifling British snobbery and classism. Sophie’s voice, fueled by Tonks’s acidic narration, evolves from thrashing about in various traps into a triumphant, croaky-throated liberation song.

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Portrait of Rosemary Tonks

Rosemary Tonks

American poet and writer