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Last December 17-year-old Davey saw something that he can't forget. Yesterday, 54-year-old Anita was forced to flee the flat she'd lived in all her adult life. They have never met. Yet both know, sooner or later, their paths will have to cross.
Published January 1st 2000 by Faber & Faber
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Two abused people suffer desperate grief as they mourn a common love. A commentary on the causalities that come when society demands obedience to sexual norms. Ridley takes a political theme, the violent intolerance towards sexual hunger outside of heteronormative marital sex, and crafts a visceral story. The shadow of middle age and the innocence of youth are both sacrificed. There are no happy endings or easy answers and that feels correct in a Puritanical world satisfied with what it defines ...more