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by Nell Leyshon
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0330426400, Paperback)With characters as diverse Christ, the red-breasted robin and kings Arthur and Alfred, BLACK DIRT is the story of Frank and the stories he tells George and Margaret, his adult children. Frank, lying ill in bed, finds his dying dreams haunted by figures from his childhood: his parents, and his older sister Iris, whose existence and terrible crime he has spent long years struggling to forget. Margaret gathers together the random fragments of his recollections and tries to piece together the past -- while George, who has never quite grown-up, struggles to remember even recent events. Revealing the dark and sinister shadows that can shape a child's imagination, BLACK DIRT is a haunting tale of a father and his family, told, like the layering of the earth, in different tones and textures.
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"Frank's house on the Somerset Levels is surrounded by floodwater and filled with the guilty silences that bind family members together - and sometimes keep them apart." "Frank's inner world is full of his sister Iris and their hot childhood summer, when they lay at night in the grass and listened to local legends of kings Arthur and Alfred, Glastonbury Abbey, the last bloody battle on English soil, of Jesus and Joseph of Arimathea." "Gradually, the boundaries between past and present begin to blur and, beyond the humour and warmth, we realize the stories that are told - and those that are not - cover deeply buried memories."--BOOK JACKET.
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