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The Taste of Marmalade (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Tessa McWatt
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Katrin, a young Polish woman who moved to London before austerity reigned, is working long hours at the Epicure Café in order to earn enough money to bring her mother over as well. In the café she falls in love with a lecturer in film studies -- but Robin comes with a past that will complicate any future they have together. As droves of once-hopeful Polish emigres return home, Katrin finds her life growing more difficult, especially when her boss in the café starts picking on her. Determined to keep the freedom she’s found in England, Katrin finds the costs of her new-found liberty are mounting up.

Tessa McWatt is the author of five novels and a novella for young adults. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Awards and the Governor General Awards of Canada. Her most recent novel, Vital Signs, was nominated for the 2012 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 270 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F456E88
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely London 11 April 2014
By Oolong
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There is a book by another author by S Selvon that was written in the 1950's (lonely londoners) that this book reminds me of. It captures that spirit perfectly of immigrants moving to London. Selvon's book was about black west indians moving to London, McWatt concentrates on one lonely Polish woman moving to the capital.

In the constant immigration debate in the UK, books like these reminds us people come here not for 'an easy life'. You feel for the character and McWatt prose is hypnotic in taking you into this poor girl's world, her hopes and dreams. Very good read.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter-sweet love story 13 Sept. 2013
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Beautifully written story with a sad undertow. Spare,elegant prose that leads you swiftly through the pages. I really liked the view of London by a young Polish girl in a coffee shop. Will be coming back for more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The complications of belonging and not belonging 16 Sept. 2013
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McWatt has once again captured with beautiful prose the complications around belonging and not belonging -- to places and to people. Her subtle yet heart-wrenching observations can make the reader cringe, often in recognition of having experienced the same rejection, or perhaps the hesitation, to truly connect and commit with consequence. The unreal reality of Ned Time is brilliant. We have all lived in Ned Time at some point in our lives...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I liked this story,as so many people must go through a similar experience when coming to a strange country.
You felt so sorry for her and wanted some one to be kind and not exploit her.
Good that she had the thought of her Mother coming to join her to keep her going.
When reading of her experience it may make others realise how difficult it is to fit in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Broken Dreams 7 Nov. 2013
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Katrin is an educated young woman who comes from Gdansk to London with hopes of building a better life. As she learns English, she is faced with the hardships of being a stranger in a foreign land, doing a menial job, living in a small bedsit and a mother in Poland shortly to join her. A romance flounders and the fire in her belly turns to something else as her ambitions wilt. A short, poignant story conveyed in memorable prose.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and emcompassing 17 Sept. 2013
By TinaT
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The way the author conveys life from a foreigners perspective is insightful. I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. It's definitely worth a read if you're trying to learn to write from the masters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 15 Dec. 2013
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A captivating story and wonderful read. Tessa was able to relay feelings and tell a story that makes readers feel as if they are living through it themselves. I loved the concept of Ned time!!
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I missed the meaning of the title- was it a bitter-sweet relationship? I found the characters interesting- but was left with a lot of questions at the end-was that the intention?
The story was sad but intriguing- what will happen to Katrin? Will she remain in Gdansk? What happens to Robin?
So, the question is, will there be a sequel to explain all? Or are we left on a cliffhanger to make up our own mind about the possibilities?
I just don't know!
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