In 1980, the McCloud family welcomes Trevor, their third child and the last to be born on Eilean Fìor, a small island off the west coast of Scotland. Life there, on the eve of Trevor’s birth, is grim: the population, once in the hundreds, now hovers around thirty, as most of the island’s inhabitants have left for the mainland. But the McClouds stubbornly maintain their guesthouse, despite their trouble turning a profit and their children’s lack of interest in taking over the family business. As soon as he is of age Barry the eldest son flees the island, abandoning his siblings and rejecting the culture and traditions he was brought up with. After Flora, the only daughter, finishes art school, she returns to Eilean Fìor, resigned to her familial responsibilities. By the time Trevor is grown up, there is no place for ambivalence as the forces of time lock the McClouds into their way of life and out of any other.
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About the Author
ANDREW LADD'S debut novel, What Ends, won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Prize in the Novel, and his shorter work has appeared in Apalachee Review, CICADA, Graze, Memoir Journal, Yemassee, and The Rumpus, among others. He grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has since lived in Boston, Montreal, and New York; currently he lives in London with his wife.
What People are Saying About This
“This remarkable, haunting novel tells the story of the McCloud family and their life on Eilean Fior, a very small island off the northwest coast of Scotland. The clarity of Andrew Ladd’s prose is as deceptive as the clues to the cryptic crossword puzzles George McCloud, the family patriarch, is obsessed with solving. The book’s true subject is time, the island not only a place but also the uncanny, enclosing moment. In What Ends "time isn’t passing, it’s circling," and the story of one family’s life on a Hebridean island becomes an apocalyptic vision of what it means to live in time, that 'blink of stone on a giant sea.'”