Isolation and loss at heart of rural fable

Isolation and loss at heart of rural fable
Alison Jameson: her knowledge of country life serves her novel wellleah verwey

FICTION: This Family of Things , By Alison Jameson, Doubleday Ireland, €19

The unendingly rich seam that is rural and Irish family life is ably mined by Alison Jameson in her fourth novel. The setting is contemporary, but several of the characters – the bachelor farmer, his unmarried sisters, the drunken wife-beating father and his long-suffering wife – are lifted out of being clichéd tropes of a long-gone era by the quality of Jameson’s writing.

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