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Haunting portrait of lives trying to fit into a small world,
By A Customer
This review is from: Mary George of Allnorthover (Hardcover)
Mary George grows up in a small village and struggles to find her place given the limits of the world she's in. She is nearly old enough to leave but has to wait as history (of the village and her family) feeds the insecurities of her adolescence. Meanwhile, the local embodiment of the misfit is Tom, whose mental illness means he cannot leave but who latches on to Mary in the hope of salvation. Mary finds some salvation by becoming a punk.
The book continuously gathers pace - for the last quarter I couldn't put it down. If you know what it is to live in a village, particular during the 70s, this book won't let go of you. In the end it works because the village is a field of accurate observations of personalities, music, buses, trains and landscape as it was in the seventies.