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Beyond beach-lit

Tessa Hadley's new novel finally sees her make the leap from popular to serious fiction. Someone should tell her American publisher

By Lara Feigel   September 2007

The Master Bedroom, by Tessa Hadley (Jonathan Cape, £16.99)

Since Accidents in the Home was published in 2002, Tessa Hadley has perched uneasily between chick lit and literary fiction. Although Jonathan Cape has consistently marketed Hadley as literary, the paperback editions by Vintage, another imprint at the same publisher, have relegated her to the beach.

The British and American jacket designs of Hadley’s new novel, The Master Bedroom, similarly reveal a novel suspended between two genres. On Jonathan Cape’s jacket (right), the lettering is in white…

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