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The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan
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Jul 05, 12

bookshelves: modern-fiction
Read in July, 2012

The Earth Hums in B Flat tells the story of 12 year old Gwenni, her family and their small welsh village following the death of a local shepherd. Set in the 1950's, it is the story of murder and madness and family secrets, and how powerful they can be in an insular community. Narrated by Gwenni - whom many, including her own mother, consider odd - the story is told with a child like innocence. Often, as the reader, you understand more than Gwenni. Mari Strachan never lets the writing become child like, however, and is able to move from difficult subjects such as illegitimacy to boyfriends and period pains with ease. She has a wonderful turn of phrase and her descriptions of little, every day, actions such as putting wood on the fire draw you in. All in all this is a really well written, enjoyable book, one which left me wanting to read more by the author and a definite recommendation for my next book club.
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