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Amazon Editorial Review: "'I missed the turning over Battersea Bridge. I didn't know it would make a difference ...that the manner of living seconds and minutes mattered' Joan is a single mother - beautiful, talented and desired. John is her adored son, her 'Merboy'. Growing up in the West Country, his life is lived outdoors, playing in the creek by their cottage in Devon, swimming, hunting for shells, collecting bits of old boats. On his thirteenth birthday, Joan treats him to a trip to London to buy his first pair of Levi's jeans. Unused to city driving, she takes a wrong turn. The repercussions of that moment's hesitation are devastating...Their story recounts the life-altering effects of that one moment. It is a story about a mother's heartbreaking love for her son and the different ways people survive damage. With sensitivity and compassion, Jules Hardy's lyrical prose explores the strengths and flaws of this unique relationship between a mother and her son, and vividly describes the altered worlds in which they must live. It is a wonderfully assured debut from an extraordinary new British talent."
The major event that drastically changed both their lives occurred on John's 13th birthday.
A powerful tale with a haunting quality that I think will stick in my mind and haunt me for quite a while . . . .
That it's largely set in Bristol and other places I know well is a bonus!
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The story is narrated by John and his mother Joan -
"John is thirteen, in London to buy his first pair of Levis with his adoring and beautiful mother when an IRA bomb takes away his hearing and her good looks. How they both grow and survive despite their horrendous injuries is told in doubled time, the present, and a series of flash-backs and journal entries, in what is essentially a story of physical and psychological damage that lasts well beyond the placing of a block of semtex in a car park". (from an Amazon reviewer)
I liked her use of language. There were a few times that I wanted it to move more quickly but still a very expressive book.
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