Every Sunday, Caro finds herself back in the place where it all began, lured by memory, a certain guilt and all the accumulating losses to which she cannot be reconciled. Constantly dwelling on now distant events, she chooses a life of impersonal and systematic work, where long hours insulate her from the outside world. For Caro, the present is two dimensional: it is her past that is loaded with colour and scent.Sometimes she tries to force a little perspective on those early years, with a spare retelling of that terrible summer twenty years ago, when her band of three inseparable friends disintegrated forever. Estelle died two weeks after her fifteenth birthday. It was sudden, violent, explicit. Afterwards, Cormac left and never returned. Now she waits for resolution, which comes in the form of an unlikely alliance. Haunting and humane, Aifric Campbell's second novel is filled with longing - for childhood and the liberating power of friendship.
Aifric Campbell's 3rd novel, ON THE FLOOR, was longlisted for the 2012 ORANGE PRIZE. Inspired by her years working on the trading floor at Morgan Stanley, it tells the story of Geri Molloy, the "skirt amongst men," whose successful career is hurtling towards potential disaster. "A funny-yet-serious coming-of-age story about a young woman who finally grows up and takes control." (Independent, 2012). Her previous novels are: THE SEMANTICS OF MURDER, inspired by the unsolved murder of a mathematician at UCLA and THE LOSS ADJUSTOR - the story of a young woman haunted by childhood tragedy. Aifric was born in Ireland and lives in the UK. She holds a PhD from UEA and teaches at Imperial College, London. Click on the 1min video to the right to hear about the novel she is writing in Sep 2013.
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