Elmet

Elmet

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FINALIST FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
** The Guardian Best Books of 2017 * December Indie Next Pick * Amazon Best of the Month * Amazon Debut Spotlight * PEOPLE Magazine BOOK OF THE WEEK**

"Beguiling . . . A lyrical and mythic work . . . Mozley's sheer storytelling confidence sends the reader sailing." ─ The New York Times

"A quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable." ─ The Economist

"Excellent . . . Brims with primal, folkloric power." ─ Wall Street Journal

"[A] magical debut novel." ─ People (Book of the Week)

The family thought the little house they had made themselves in Elmet, a corner of Yorkshire, was theirs, that their peaceful, self-sufficient life was safe. Cathy and Daniel roamed the woods freely, occasionally visiting a local woman for some schooling, living outside all conventions. Their father built things and hunted, working with his hands; sometimes he would disappear, forced to do secret, brutal work for money, but to them he was a gentle protector.

Narrated by Daniel after a catastrophic event has occurred, Elmet mesmerizes even as it becomes clear the family's solitary idyll will not last. When a local landowner shows up on their doorstep, their precarious existence is threatened, their innocence lost. Daddy and Cathy, both of them fierce, strong, and unyielding, set out to protect themselves and their neighbors, putting into motion a chain of events that can only end in violence.

As rich, wild, dark, and beautiful as its Yorkshire setting, Elmet is a gripping debut about life on the margins and the power--and limits--of family loyalty.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781616208424
1616208422
Branch Call Number: MOZLEY F
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 21 cm

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LPL_KateG Dec 04, 2017

Just heard an interview with the author on NPR and am adding this to my to-read list. Reviews have been raving about the honestly written characters, the lyrical language, and the vivid, atmospheric descriptions of place, so if that's your jam -- join me on the holds list!


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abcDena
Dec 30, 2017

I love stories of people struggling on the land, of barren wastelands and landscapes, of families scrabbling to survive. But this did nothing for me. The writing is at times achingly beautiful, but it wears on too long without ever developing clear lines around the character or plot, and THAT is where I lose interest. This was my 150th book of the year.

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laphampeak
Dec 17, 2017

This is a story of struggle. Mother had left and fist-fighter father was raising his son (narrator) and daughter in the back country of Britain. They were surviving in their own way until the
landowner imposed control and conniving conspiracy. The story developed slowly and methodically until its devestating crescendo ending with a bang.

LPL_KateG Dec 04, 2017

Just heard an interview with the author on NPR and am adding this to my to-read list. Reviews have been raving about the honestly written characters, the lyrical language, and the vivid, atmospheric descriptions of place, so if that's your jam -- join me on the holds list!

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unicorn1
Oct 27, 2017

I'm looking forward to reading this book. It made the short list for the 2017 Booker Prize and the reviews have been excellent. Thanks to the library for finally ordering it.

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