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The wrong child / Barry Gornell.

By: Gornell, Barry [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: 266 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781409171812.Subject(s): Small cities -- Fiction | Grief -- Fiction | Abandoned children -- Fiction | Villages -- FictionGenre/Form: Psychological fiction.DDC classification: 823.9/2 Summary: MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION (POST C 1945). 22 of the 23 children in a rural village die in a disaster. By chance, the 'wrong' child, Dog Evans, lives. Crippled with survivors' guilt, his parents abandon Evans to a feral life at the margins. He is shunned by those left behind, for whom his presence is a daily insult, a reminder of unbearable loss. As the action moves from past to present and back, we learn what took place and its shocking consequences, both for Dog Evans and the wider community. Gornell's forensic gaze dissects the lives of the bereaved, fractured relationships and existences frozen the day their children died...Deborah Cutter, separated from her husband John, numbs her pain with alcohol and sex. Local postman Nugget holds tight to the hope that the Evans house contains valuable secrets. Parish priest Father Wittin is an embarrassing irrelevance...As grief turns to rage, the villagers' insatiable desire for catharsis, one final blood sacrifice, becomes unstoppable.
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Of all the children to survive, why did it have to be him? A rural village school building collapses. Only one child survives: Dog Evans. To his own mother and father, Dog becomes a daily reminder of their survivor's guilt. To the other parents he is a hated and feared emblem of their unbearable loss. Now, seven years after the tragedy, Dog's parents have abandoned him. And with no one to protect him, the broken community's desire for catharsis and sacrifice soon becomes unstoppable... Uncompromising and powerful, THE WRONG CHILD is a heartbreaking - but ultimately hopeful - portrayal of loss and grief in an unimaginable situation. A must-read for fans of The Bad Seed by William March, We Need to Talk About Kevinand We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson.

First published in Great Britain in 2016 by Freight Books.

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION (POST C 1945). 22 of the 23 children in a rural village die in a disaster. By chance, the 'wrong' child, Dog Evans, lives. Crippled with survivors' guilt, his parents abandon Evans to a feral life at the margins. He is shunned by those left behind, for whom his presence is a daily insult, a reminder of unbearable loss. As the action moves from past to present and back, we learn what took place and its shocking consequences, both for Dog Evans and the wider community. Gornell's forensic gaze dissects the lives of the bereaved, fractured relationships and existences frozen the day their children died...Deborah Cutter, separated from her husband John, numbs her pain with alcohol and sex. Local postman Nugget holds tight to the hope that the Evans house contains valuable secrets. Parish priest Father Wittin is an embarrassing irrelevance...As grief turns to rage, the villagers' insatiable desire for catharsis, one final blood sacrifice, becomes unstoppable.

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