Two Hours

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Pub Date 16 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2024

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“Someone rang my husband. Your wife is not well, the person said. Your wife is not well.”

When Clara’s parents transplant her from Paris to New York at the age of sixteen, a fleeting encounter with a young man seems, for a brief period, to open up new possibilities. As she strives to fulfil her vocation as a writer, and as she struggles in later years with the cumulative constraints of an unhappy marriage, Clara’s imagination is strangely haunted by a life that might have been.

Tracing Clara’s story from her adolescence to her experience of motherhood, and then through to a pivotal bid for freedom, Two Hours is an exceptional novel. Witty, perceptive, and profoundly humane, this is the work of a writer at the height of her powers.


Alba Arikha is a novelist, poet, and musician. Her books include Where to Find Me (longlisted for the 2020 Wingate Prize) and the acclaimed memoir Major/Minor.

“Someone rang my husband. Your wife is not well, the person said. Your wife is not well.”

When Clara’s parents transplant her from Paris to New York at the age of sixteen, a fleeting encounter with a...


Advance Praise

"Alba Arikha takes us magically into the very heart of a woman’s experiences—her loves, her art, her fears, and that brief, ecstatic moment that has watermarked her entire life." - Edmund White


"Her book Major/Minor is in my view a small masterpiece, and with Two Hours I believe Alba Arikha is making something of similar stature." - Rachel Cusk


"a powerfully singular account of the universal struggle to live a life of integrity and meaning. It is a rare and fine accomplishment." - James Lasdun

"A beautifully written, lyrical and unflinching account of a woman’s life, from teenage love to maturity and motherhood." - Vesna Goldsworthy

"Alba Arikha takes us magically into the very heart of a woman’s experiences—her loves, her art, her fears, and that brief, ecstatic moment that has watermarked her entire life." - Edmund White


"Her...


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ISBN 9781999798147
PRICE $18.00 (USD)
PAGES 160

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