Kathy Kelly, born in the heart of Glasgow’s tough East End Barras Market, is part of a family riven by favouritism and jealousies, by slights, real and imagined. She grows up with a sharp wit and a quick temper, engaging in verbal warfare with those who cross her: her father, her grandmother, the local parish priest – Kathy Kelly takes no prisoners. But she copes, unlike her older brother Peter, who disappears as fast as he can.
When she reaches a crisis in her life, Kathy moves to the Western Highlands to start all over again. But family ties drag her back to Glasgow, where she is forced to look at things afresh, at past events and people she thought she knew so well, and eventually begin the search for her missing brother, a search that will result in an extraordinary, devastating discovery.
Page-turning and emotionally powerful with a strong sense of place, great sense of humour and cracking narrative pace. Another great novel from Meg Henderson.
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‘The overall effect is of being at your auntie’s, of listening to an enthusiastic storyteller, of the fascination of taking a microscope to seemingly ordinary lives, seemingly mundane situations, and bringing them into dramatic focus.’ Scotland on SundayFrom the Back Cover:
Kathy Kelly, born in the heart of Glasgow's East End, comes from a family torn apart by conflict. She grows up with a sharp wit and a quick temper, constantly challenging those who cross her: her reproving grandmother, Con, her hard-drinking father, even the local priest – Kathy takes no prisoners. But at least she copes, unlike her older brother Peter, who disappears as fast as he can.
Kathy also escapes – to the Highlands. Here she finds work and a home with the Macdonalds, an eccentric, easygoing couple. But Con's death drags Kathy back to Glasgow, where she is forced to look at things afresh, at past events and the people she knew so well – and begin the search for her missing brother, a search which will result in an extraordinary, devastating discovery.
"A strong, atmospheric writer with gifts of insight… and a dark and infectious wit. Affectionate, confident, lively and engaging, 'Chasing Angels' gets to the heart of lost hopes."
"Meg Henderson's journalistic background undoubtedly adds to the ease with which she describes people and places, at once familiar and freshly seen. Her novels are full of the rich detail of domestic lives, told with humour and sharpness."
SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
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Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006550266