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Isabel and Rocco

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Taking refuge in the attic room they have always shared, a teenage brother and sister survive abandonment by their parents. Free from adult rules and restrictions, the lines between adolescence and experience disintegrate. But when crisis looms, their dependency on each other is severely tested.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 24th 2003 by Arrow Books (first published 2003)
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Sally Whitehead
Sep 25, 2011 Sally Whitehead rated it really liked it
A darkly compelling read, reminiscent of Ian McEwan's "The Cement Garden". The intensely close pairing of the titular Isabel and Rocco, siblings in their mid-late teens, are left alone when their parents seemingly inexplicably abandon them and the family home.

Told from Isabel's perspective what follows is a series of childhood memories of an almost frighteningly dysfunctional family, and a feeling of increasingly claustrophobic chaos as the two siblings become more dependent on each other in the
Oct 08, 2013 Dennis rated it it was ok
If I hadn't read Ian McEwan's The_Cement_Garden I might have enjoyed this more as the topic of an "incestuous romance" between brother and sister was done in a much more daring and interesting way (not to mention that there was no comparison as to quality of writing, although it's hardly fair to compare) but this book had abysmal writing at times and felt like a lot of filler rather than a novel which progressed. To be honest, it was more like "Flowers in the Attic" by VC Andrews tan anything ...more
Alex West
Oct 23, 2013 Alex West rated it it was ok
A little disappointed with the story but the writing kept you moving along only to be disappointed with the end.
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Anna Stothard was born in London, but has lived in Washington DC, Beijing and Los Angeles. Her second novel, The Pink Hotel, came out in 2011 and was longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize.

She now lives in Chalk Farm, London. Her third novel, The Art of Leaving, is out March 2013. She also writes about travel for The Observer Magazine.

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