Regret and jealousy consume the overweening protagonist of this frustrating novel by the Whitbread-winning author of Eve Green. Moira is a 27-year-old scientist whose 16-year-old sister, Amy, is in a coma, the result of a fall four years earlier. The accident is made more tragic because Moira, who was away at boarding school when her sister was born, took the new addition to the family as a personal slight and never developed a relationship with her. Instead, she ignored her family and later married Ray, an artist and doting husband. Now she would like to make amends with her sister, but it is too late. Largely told from the perspective of a fledgling adult reflecting on her childhood, the story feels like an extended therapy session, with narration alternating between third- and first-person, allowing a dissociation between the grown Moira and her lonely, moody adolescent self. Overall, there's an air of self-importance that's difficult to penetrate. (Aug.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Oystercatchersby Susan Fletcher
An only child until the age of eleven, Moira perceived the arrival of Amy as a
Sixteen-year-old Amy lies in a coma. Her elder sister, Moira, sits beside her in the evenings and tells her a story, seeking forgiveness and retribution. She tells of her own life-her secrets, her shameful actions, and her link to the accident that has brought her sister to this bed.
An only child until the age of eleven, Moira perceived the arrival of Amy as a betrayal. Sent away to a boarding school, Moira became untrusting, inward, lonely. Even after marriage, she continued to doubt herself and that anyone could love her and be faithful. It is only Amy's accident that brings her back to her family, closer to her husband, and closer to understanding the implications of her own dark nature. Susan Fletcher lyrically probes the conflicting tensions of envy, loneliness, and love-craving it, fearing it, and ultimately recognizing it as the greatest force of all.
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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- 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 - 18 Years
Meet the Author
Susan Fletcher is the author of Eve Green, which won the Whitbread Award for First Novel, Oystercatchers, and The Highland Witch. She lives in the United Kingdom.
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I went to the libary and saw this book and I am so happy I chose it. This book takes you through a journay of her hate for her sister and the feeling of betrayal from her parents till the relization of her love for them all even though it is little to late. I love how this book is told as talking to her sister as she is in a coma and spilling all her secrets. This book is amazing I recommend it to all that is looking for a good read.