"A stunning novel...profound, beautiful, and redemptive."—The Guardian Sixteen-year-old Amy lies in a coma. Moira, eleven years older, spends the evenings at her sister's bedside, telling the story her own life—her secrets, her shameful actions, and her link to the accident that has brought Amy to this bed. In her "riveting" (Library Journal) second novel, Susan Fletcher probes the troubled bond between two sisters: how their lives are undone by the tumultuous forces of envy and loneliness and, in the end, how love emerges as the greatest force of all. Reading group guide included.
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Susan Fletcher was born in Birmingham and now lives in Warwickshire, England. This is her first novel.
*Starred Review* Sixteen-year-old Amy has lain in a hospital bed for four years, comatose as the result of a head injury. Countless times her sister, Moira, older by 11 years, has sat by the bedside, telling her sister the story of her life. Telling? Confessing is more like it, for Moira, who blames herself for the accident, has always resented her younger sister, blaming her for usurping her place in the family: a scholarship student, Moira was sent off to a girls' school just months before Amy's birth. And, though a brilliant student, she was desperately unhappy at school: a tall, silent, slender girl with glasses, big feet, and big hands, she was unpopular, laughed at, called chicken tits, odd-looking, and worse. Moira tells her often bleak story in a voice that fluctuates between first and third person, making it at once intimate and removed, capturing the adolescent she was and the scientist she would become. Fletcher is a novelist with the soul of a poet, and Oystercatchers is exquisitely written and unafraid of risk: its pace is unhurried, and its protagonist, Moira, is often unlikable, but any reader who cares for gorgeous writing, richly realized setting, and character will find much here to treasure. Cart, Michael
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Book Description Fourth Estate Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Mint. Bookseller Inventory # 032949