Clay

Clay

A Novel

Book - 2013
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The city is a strange place for Jozef. After living in a Polish village for much of his life, he is struggling to adjust to the tall, grey landscape of apartment living, and his job in a local deli serving french fries and fried chicken to brash, self-assured children makes him feel even more disconnected from the surrounding population. It is only when he encounters TC, a troubled boy running away from school, that Jozef finds a kindred spirit with whom he can share his fascination with thenatural world.

The two are noticed in a small litter-strewn park by a friendly local, the elderly and recently widowed Sophia, who has been attempting to spark an interest in nature in her granddaughter, Daisy. While Sophia sends Daisy letters each week about the growth of the flowers in the park, Jozef attempts to extract, over games of chess, the details of TC's troubled home life-left broken by the departure of the boy's father. Like leaves twisting in the wind, the lives of these four figures are blowntogether, defying the gravity affecting the world around them. That is, until the pressures of modern life intervene.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9781608199785
1608199789
Characteristics: 262 p.

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Feb 16, 2013

A fresh eyed story. Melissa Harrison has given us a poignant tale in a big city setting but with an amazing awareness of the small wild places; the parks, the scruffy common land areas, the hedgerows, the treed roadsides. Throughout the human drama we are intensely aware of the elements; the sky ,rain, wind, frost, snow, stars, and the myriad of living creatures, from earthworms to foxes, playing out their dramas noticed by TC and Sophia and Josef but mostly unnoticed. a sad but somehow inevitable ending.

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