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My Name is E

My Name is E [Kindle Edition]

Frederick Lightfoot
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In the last year of the Second World War three deaf girls are born in the same north of England village. Miracle, coincidence, tragedy or omen? As children they discover each other on the shore and call each other sisters. One of them, Judith Salt, returns to the village aged sixty to tell the story of that first meeting, and her later return, aged twenty-five, pregnant, and determined that someone was going to die. Payback for the fate of her sister, Abigail Sempie, grade III deaf, who, with only a syllable at her disposal, called herself E and somehow impressed her identity on the world. Their story is about deafness, the senses, the struggle for language and recognition, but family feuds, lies and secrets lie at its heart.

About the Author

Frederick Lightfoot has published four previous novels, Migrants (2005), Immigrants (2007) and Cry / Swans (undera single cover, 2008), a collection of short stories Fetish and other stories (2009) and a novella Estuaries. In 2005 he won the Skrev Press short story competition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press (21 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UPDGI6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #415,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Strong engaged narratives dealing with important issues coupled with powerful poetic writing mark Lightfoot's style. A review in The Journal stated that he restored hope in the future of prose. Moira Forsyth reviewing Fetish described the stories as extraordinary and gripping. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals including Stand, Oasis, Nothwords and he was the winner of the Skrev Press short story competition. His novels have been universally acclaimed. Published by one of the most innovative and certainly radical publishers operating in Britain this is a body of important and challenging books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly drawn characters 30 Dec 2011
This a fascinating and powerful novel. There is a clear and deliberate dialectical structure to it, passages of violence and brutality, and then passages of sheer beauty mediated through the perceptions of three deaf girls, which lead to something new and progressive, which is something more than dissent by the girls. At the heart of it there are huge questions of what progress means and how it should be achieved. Judith Salt, the story teller is on a quest for revenge, a vendetta for the brutal treatment of Abby, a girl she describes as her sister, and as her quest progresses she becomes a quite sublime metaphor transformation and change. This is a richly political book, brimming with ideas, but which is led by brilliantly drawn characters and intricate plotting. It is a wonderful book really.
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Absolutely brilliant book. I was absorbed from the word go, and can't wait for the next book a must read for those who know a good book when they read one. Fred should be put forward for an award for his inrtelligent gripping books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, poetic and hugely entertaining. 2 Jan 2012
This is a vivid and powerful book based on the lives of three deaf girls who are born in the same village, in the same year, at the end of the Second World War. As the story of their growing up is told there emerges a rich canvas of family feuds and intrigues, evocative descriptions of place and time, and the nature of memory, and there are funny and tragic accounts of their education. The novel engages with the history of sign language, its suppression and survival. As much as Abby, the E of the story, impresses her identity on the world with recourse only to a single syllable, so the other girls need to fashion an identity for themselves as deaf people in a hearing world. There are large questions asked by this novel regarding the nature of language, identity and how reality is constructed in people's lives, all told through vivid characterisation. The novel offers real insight into the struggle of deaf people to be accepted as deaf people and for recognition of sign as a true language. This is a powerfully poetic text and a real page turner at the same time.
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