I wanted to take this opportunity to recommend Sue Peebles' new book, Snake Road. Sue was one of the tutors on our last writing retreat in Scotland together and she has been enjoying following this blog, in particular our 'A to Z' series.
Snake Road, which has just come out, is published by Chatto and Windus and looks excellent. I loved her first novel, The Death of Lomond Friel, and this one seems to be another winner.
Here are the opening paragraphs of a review in The Scotsman by Lesley McDowell to tantalise and tempt you...
"THE psychological intelligence that informed Sue Peebles’s remarkable
debut, The Death Of Lomond Friel, just two years ago, is what also
holds together the strands of her second novel.
As with that debut, we focus on a younger woman struggling to cope
with the illness of an older member of the family: in Lomond Friel, it
was daughter Rosie, come to look after her father after he suffered a
massive stroke. In Snake Road, it is Aggie who finds herself wholly
absorbed in what appears to be her grandmother’s encroaching
Both novels are about families, how we negotiate our
relationships with those who made us, and how we cope when the previous
generation can no longer manage. This family-focused theme allows
Peebles to dig deep, to give the lie to the claim that the domestic
arena is a trivial one, to observe and understand the daily, the
ordinary, the seemingly inconsequential..."
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