What EndsBook - 2014
In 1980, the McCloud family welcomes Trevor, their third child and the last to be born on Eilean Fior, 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 in search of an easier life. But the McClouds stubbornly maintain their guesthouse, despite their increasing 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 McCloud's eldest son - flees the island, abandoning his siblings and rejecting the culture and traditions he was brought up with. After Flora finishes art school, she returns to Eilean Fior, resigned to her familial responsibilities, despite being certain that she wants more out of life. 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. Weaving together a series of conjoined narratives which follow each of the McClouds as they navigate their ever-more fragile lives, Andrew Ladd's debut novel is a lyrically haunting and unforgettable elegy for lost world.
Publisher: London, Oneworld,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 22 cm.