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An Unravelling by Elske Rahill

An Unravelling

Elske Rahill

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Imprint: Head of Zeus
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 13 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781786691002

A novel about four generations of women and the violent tensions and loving devotion, envy and self sacrifice that family life embodies.

3 stars out of 5
Anna Carey
19 Jun 2019

"while the quality of Rahill’s sinuous, lyrical prose is constant, some of the characters are more interesting to spend time with than others"

There is a sense of great weight about this book; the characters move through a dense and cloudy atmosphere of fear and suspicion... Although the book is written in the third person, as the narrative progresses we see through the eyes of almost every character, and while the quality of Rahill’s sinuous, lyrical prose is constant, some of the characters are more interesting to spend time with than others... Villains can be fascinating, of course, but extreme petty selfishness and greed is not inherently interesting. And a sour note is added by the fact that almost all the unsympathetic characters are physically unattractive, their flaws lingered over in detail... [However,] Rahill is particularly good at writing from the viewpoint of children.

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