Wednesday February 19, 2020

Isolation and loss at heart of rural fable

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

23rd July, 2017
Alison Jameson: her knowledge of country life serves her novel wellleah verwey

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.

At the heart of things are two isolated...

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