The Last Pier
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Pub Date: 04/23/2019

Pages: 336

Trim: 5 x 7

Publisher: Gallic Books Limited

Imprint: Aardvark Bureau

ISBN 13: 9781910709306

ISBN 10: 1910709301

Price: $15.95 / $20.99 CAN

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The Last Pier

By Roma Tearne

Price: $15.95

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About the Book

A beautiful, atmospheric novel about family, love, loss, and regret by a critically acclaimed author "How deep the summer had bitten into the land that last August, how cruelly it had burnt into earth and grass and air. What had started out as a pastel and water-faded spring turning so unexpectedly into a splintering, shimmering thing. All that had been required was a spark to cause a fire. Why had no one noticed?" The summer of 1939 broke the Maudsley family. Cecily was only13-years-old and desperate to grow up; desperate to be as beautiful and desired and reckless as her older sister Rose. Now, in her 40s, the family resemblance is uncanny, but Cecily is a shadow of her former self. A part of her died that fateful summer. Returning to the deserted family farm as an adult, Cecily recalls the light before the storm, before the war came and before the terrible family tragedy. It was a summer of laughter and ice cream, promises and first love. She remembers her father s unrequited love for her, her melancholy mother, and her brittle and argumentative aunt Kitty, and how everyone, somehow, was guarding a secret. None more so than the impossibly beautiful Rose. And in her childhood innocence, between snatches of misunderstood conversations, Cecily helps set in motion a chain of devastating events. Wandering through the family home29 years later, Cecily hopes to lay some ghosts to rest but the past has yet to give up some shocking secrets."

About the Book

Set against the backdrop of WWII, a gripping drama of dark family secrets in rural England from the author of 'Brixton Beach', 'Bone China' and 'Mosquito'.

Author

Roma Tearne: Roma Tearne is a Sri Lankan-born, Oxford-based artist, film-maker and writer. Her debut novel, Mosquito, was shortlisted for the 2007 Costa First Novel Award. The Swimmer was longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2011 and Asian Man Booker in 2012.

Awards

Costa First Novel Award
LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction