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Oystercatchers by Susan  Fletcher
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Aug 16, 10

Read in August, 2010

Oystercatchers is a beautifully written novel, the language often poetic, the imagery powerful, and yet I did find it harder going than Eve Green by te same author. Moira is a brittle dark character, her younger sister lies in a coma that has lasted more than 4 years. Moira looks back over her life and that of Amy's, as she visits her sister late at night in the silence of a hospital room. Moira has not been a good sister, and married young, she has not been a good wife, and it is in these late night hospital visits to her comatose 16 year old sister that Moira confesses. Moira's life has been shaped by loneliness, envy and water. She dreams of the beautiful pembrokshire coast where she spent her first 11 years, and the Norfolk coast where she goes to boarding school. Although a little hard going this novel is nontheless very compelling.


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