In 1958, in a small Devon village, two children, playing in a boat on the river, are drowned. Their parents are distraught but remain in the village, living together yet estranged, for the next thirty years. Over time their tragedy becomes part of the invisible fabric of village life until, one summer's day, Anna arrives. She comes to the village to escape her own disappointments. She does not tell anyone that she is pregnant. Anna goes to live with Isabel, and for a time the women find solace in each other's company. But the baby's arrival opens old wounds leading, inexorably, to tragedy...
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Tricia Wastvedt was born in London in 1954 and lives in Bath. This is her first novel.From AudioFile:
The lives lived and lost along the banks of the river in the English village of Cameldip are cut together like a deck of cards. Those who have lived there longest know how their neighbors have connected and formed patterns with each other and then have been reshuffled by tragedy or time. But Anna, a newcomer to the village, must work it out--and she really must, as the doyenne of the village who takes her in, apparently out of the goodness of her heart, changes in disturbing ways after Anna's baby is born. Kate Reading's work here is immensely skillful; she peoples this stunning story with breathing characters of all ages and stations, and with accents bred from the Scottish Isles to Provence. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 014101685X