Book - 1996
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Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace & Co., 1996.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780151002184
Branch Call Number: COWA
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 21 cm.


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Sep 18, 2015

This is a coming-of-age story where not much happens but still a lot goes on. Danny is fifteen and feeling the death of his Gran and the re-location of his Grandfather from their small-holding to a care home. He tries to hang on to his boyhood life that was visiting his grandparents, helping with the pig and working in the garden. He moves into the house and does his best to care for the pig (who is in the last gasp of her long litter-bearing life). There is a very gritty grubby feel to the narrative, and a sense of hopelessness that Danny has any real future ahead of him. His girlfriend, Surinder, shares his summer but we know she has her own future. This is the English estates society where you don't aspire to anything, and you certainly don't taint yourself by associating with anyone not of your kind. Very reminiscent of the 'kitchen sink genre' of movies back in the 60's. The ending is expected but still very moving.


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