It is 1979 and in a ramshackle cottage in Northumberland fifteen-year-old Ruth is desperate to leave behind the gradual implosion of her parents' marriage as she pursues her own quest for love and excitement. Fantasies about the son of the local farmer offer a temporary distraction from the rising tensions at home but Ruth soon discovers that the family are coming to terms with a very different tragedy...
Told largely from the darkly humorous perspective of Ruth, Jane Feaver's novel is an engaging and profound insight into the relationships within families and the nature of love and loss, of grief and grieving.
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"Poetic and perceptive, Feaver has delivered a raw account of martial disintegration and its bruising after effects" ( Guardian)
"Jane Feaver's debut novel is an emotionally accurate portrayal... She has nailed the relationships between the children precisely and with humour" (Lisa Gee Independent)
"This is a first novel of extraordinary intelligence and charm ... It's a bleak enough narrative, but also extremely funny" ( The Times)
"An intimate portrait of a bohemian family in the sticks - great stuff" (Blake Morrison Guardian)
"This is a memorable debut - and a confident book...There are no easy laughs, no sentimentality. Feaver is witty and inventive. Above all, she is sufficiently daring to allow truth and memory freedom to shape scenes that convince. The choreography is seamless, each character lives off the page and the narrative is an inevitable as it is unpredictable" (Eileen Battersby Irish Times)
" A wonderful debut novel, both moving and entertaining, which unflinchingly examines the tensions of intimate family life. Jane Feaverís sensitive, often deeply funny, evocations of childhood and adolescence, of the darkness within marriage, will strike deep chords of recognition in the many readers she is sure to win." CAROL ANN DUFFY
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Book Description Vintage, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 224 pages. 7.80x5.12x0.59 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099506122
Book Description Vintage Books, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099506122