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The walk home / Rachel Seiffert.

By: Seiffert, Rachel, 1971- [author.].
Description: 294 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781844089932 .Subject(s): Families -- Scotland -- Fiction | Family -- Fiction | Glasgow (Scotland) -- FictionDDC classification: 823.914 Summary: Moving between Stevie's contemporary Glaswegian life and the story of his parents when they were young, this is a powerful novel about the risk of love, and the madness and betrayals that can split a family.
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Fiction SEIF (Browse shelf) Checked out 13/09/2019 I2131377
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From the Man Booker shortlisted author of THE DARK ROOM comes a new novel about a young man who comes from a long line of people who have cut and run. Set in Glasgow, this powerful novel is about love and the desire to come home. Stevie comes from a long line of people who have cut and run. Just like he has. Stevie's been to London, taught himself to get by, and now he's working as a labourer not so far from his childhood home in Glasgow. But he's not told his family - what's left of them - that he's back. Not yet. He's also not far from his Uncle Eric's house: another one who left - for love this time. Stevie's toughened himself up against that emotion. And as for his own mother, Lindsey ... well, she ran her whole life. From her father and Ireland, from her husband, and eventually from Stevie too. This is a powerful novel about the risk of love, and the madness and betrayals that can split a family. If you cut your ties, will you cut yourself adrift? Rachel Seiffert is an extraordinarily deft and humane writer who tells us the truth about love and about hope.

Moving between Stevie's contemporary Glaswegian life and the story of his parents when they were young, this is a powerful novel about the risk of love, and the madness and betrayals that can split a family.

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A family's land is destroyed by revolutionaries in early 1900s Ireland, which sets off a series of betrayals, fractured relationships, and broken hearts passed from generation to generation in Seiffert's third novel (after the Orange Prize-longlisted Afterwards). Papa Robert is a pious Protestant who flees to Scotland once his family's home is burned. He rejects his son Eric, who is gifted yet mentally ill, after Eric marries a Catholic. Robert's painfully shy grandson, Graham, finds camaraderie in a political marching band and marries a girl who has also fled her splintered life in Ireland. As their son Stevie grows up, his parents grow apart, and his mother eventually leaves. Stevie's hurt is so great that he leaves the family as well, working with builders from Poland who have come to the UK to earn a living, reluctantly leaving their own families behind. Although the story shifts back and forth in time, common themes run deep in this novel: people need one another desperately, yet their shared legacy of pain prevents any real healing. VERDICT For readers who enjoy rocky emotional journeys and who also have some understanding of the history of Ireland's political troubles. [See Prepub Alert, 1/10/14.]-Susanne Wells, -Indianapolis P.L. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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