Set in Lancashire, Oxford and Belfast, Offcomer (Lancashire dialect for an outsider) tells the story of Claire. Claire - in her own words, 'Jewish-ish' - is the daughter of a Jewish mother adopted when young by Gentiles, and a Gentile father. She is a young woman with little self-esteem, little sense of who she is and little in the way of feeling beyond her regular recourse to cutting her ankle with a razor. Offcomer tells Claire's story from Oxford University to Northern Ireland, of her disastrous relationship with a young academic and the emergence of secrets from her mother's past, to her gradual acceptance of herself as she finds a path to some level of self-esteem and self-worth. Offcomer is a truly remarkable debut, a novel of quiet and real power. (2002-10-18)
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'A portrait of a heroine in search of her identity…Baker handles it confidently’ -- Mslexia
‘The writing is very strong. A newcomer to watch' -- Publishing News
A moving, quietly powerful and remarkably psychologically acute examination of a troubled young woman’s life and mind, in the tradition of Camilla Gibb’s Mouthing the Words and Andrea Ashworth’s Once in a House on Fire.
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001997005
Book Description Vintage, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1087496