The Narrowing Stream Author:John Mortimer At thirty-eight, Julia Swinton is a faithful wife and devoted mother. Her life is without mystery, without surprise... until a young actress is found murdered near her home. The dead woman's strange, attractive brother appears at Julia's door, and arouses long-dormant passions within her. But the young man also bears proof of a link between his ... more »sister and Julia's husband, and Julia finds herself compelled to take extraordinary steps to protect her family.
The Narrowing Stream is an intricately woven, beautifully told take of a middle-class marriage whose shifts and changes, desires and fears are only vaguely understood or felt -- and scarcely ever spoken of.
"An intriguing read... Mortimer's prose is sensual and elegantly terse, his characters finely tuned, his dialogue pithy" --7 Days
"How delicately, even chastely Mortimer handles the passions that rock this marriage.... Readers will surely acknowledge the deftness with which he presents not just a couple, but a family . . . " --Kirkus Reviews« less