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Fresh and distinctive writing from an exciting new voice in fiction, Elmet is an unforgettable novel about family.

Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. When they were younger, Daniel and Cathy had gone to school. But they were not like the other children then, and they were even less like them now. Sometimes Daddy disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn't true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew.

Atmospheric and unsettling, Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family's precarious place in it, as well as an exploration of how deep the bond between father and child can go.

Publisher: HarperCollins, 2017
Edition: ON ORDER
ISBN: 9781443456036
Branch Call Number: 3596MISC 1


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Dec 30, 2017

I love stories of people struggling on the land, of barren wastelands and landscapes, of families scrabbling to survive. But this did nothing for me. The writing is at times achingly beautiful, but it wears on too long without ever developing clear lines around the character or plot, and THAT is where I lose interest. This was my 150th book of the year.

Dec 17, 2017

This is a story of struggle. Mother had left and fist-fighter father was raising his son (narrator) and daughter in the back country of Britain. They were surviving in their own way until the
landowner imposed control and conniving conspiracy. The story developed slowly and methodically until its devestating crescendo ending with a bang.

LPL_KateG Dec 04, 2017

Just heard an interview with the author on NPR and am adding this to my to-read list. Reviews have been raving about the honestly written characters, the lyrical language, and the vivid, atmospheric descriptions of place, so if that's your jam -- join me on the holds list!

Oct 27, 2017

I'm looking forward to reading this book. It made the short list for the 2017 Booker Prize and the reviews have been excellent. Thanks to the library for finally ordering it.

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