Pamela Erens’s second novel is an anthem for doomed youth, an intense tale of teenage failure to make the leap to adult life. It is sensitively told, with Updike-like observation, but boy is it gloomy and joyless, and not recommended for neurotic parents of a teenager.
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Friday 24 January 2014
We are introduced to Bruce Bennett-Jones, the narrator of Pamela Erens’s stunning second novel The Virgins, as he first meets Aviva Rossner, a new student at Auburn Academy, the elite East Coast boarding school where they’re high school seniors. Aviva has “long, kinky hair and pale skin,” and wears heavy kohl around her eyes and “V-neck sweaters that tease you into thinking you will catch a glimpse of her breasts”, high-heeled boots and gold hoop earrings. She’s sexy. So sexy in fact, Bruce attempts to rape her in the school boathouse.
Tuesday 24 December 2013
Aviva has been forced to set aside almost £100m after two former workers in its fund management arm breached its trading policy.
Sunday 25 August 2013
Rugby speciality retailer looking to target well-heeled sports fans in stake sale
Thursday 15 August 2013
Microchip makers piggybacked on a rally at Apple yesterday sparked by Carl Icahn, the veteran US investor, taking a stake the iPhone maker. Apple shares hit a six-month high after Mr Icahn revealed on Twitter that he is pushing for a larger buyback at the US tech giant after he built up a large position in Apple and held talks with its chief executive, Tim Cook.
Friday 09 August 2013
Aviva's straight-talking boss Mark Wilson won a few more friends in the City yesterday as signs of his company's turnaround finally began to show.
Thursday 08 August 2013
Outlook Are the doom-mongers who warn of high streets turning into identikit wastelands consisting of only Starbucks, Costa, supermarket convenience stores, bookies and charity shops, overstating the case?
Sunday 04 August 2013
Aviva boss Mark Wilson will this week update investors on the progress he is making overhauling the insurance giant.
Tuesday 09 July 2013
Parents are forking out more than £22,500 on average to put a child through school, researchers claim.
Thursday 16 May 2013
Prudential was hit by a minor revolt at its annual meeting as investors criticised the company's decision to hand out £30m in pay to directors last year.
Thursday 16 May 2013
Aviva today took tentative steps towards a recovery by posting a steady, if not sexy, set of first-quarter numbers.
Thursday 09 May 2013
Aviva chairman John McFarlane has fended off demands from shareholders for a five-year pay freeze and calls for the head of the insurer's remuneration committee.
Saturday 04 May 2013
Aviva’s revamped management team faces a stormy reception at its annual meeting this week with shareholders likely to demand an immediate reversal in the insurer’s fortunes.
Monday 15 April 2013
Aviva deal ended after the London 2012 Olympics
Saturday 13 April 2013
New regulations are likely to hit hundreds of people on flexible incomes, says Sarah Davidson
Thursday 28 March 2013
Outlook One reason for the Pru's belief in its own excellence is the endless strife endured across town at its arch-rival, Aviva.
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