Sadie Jones - The Outcast: A Novel (p.s.)

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Series: P.S.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 14, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061374040
ASIN: B003F76I0Q
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches

In 1957 Lewis Aldridge, newly released from prison, returns home to Waterford, a suburban town outside London. He is nineteen years old. A decade earlier his father's homecoming at war's end was greeted with far less apprehension by the staid, tightly knit communitythanks to Gilbert Aldridge's easy acceptance of suburban ritual and routine. Nobody is surprised that Gilbert's wife counters convention, but the entire community is shocked when, after one of their jaunts, Lewis comes back without her.

No one in Waterford wants Lewis backexcept Kit, a young woman who sympathizes with his grief and burgeoning rage. But in her attempts to set them both free, Kit fails to foresee the painful and horrifying secrets that must first be forced into the open. The consequences for Lewis, his family, and the tightly knit community are devastating.

Reviews from Amazon

isturbing, poignant and lovely to read, April 4, 2008
By Bella Rosa "avid reader" (Atlanta, GA)

Gail Cooke's review is spot on, so I won't rehash the plot. Jones' prose is lovely. She's particularly good at the imagery of childhood, at once so practical and fanciful. Beautifully written, emotionally stunning and very highly recommended.

Couldn't Put it Down, May 1, 2008
By katrin (Boston MA)

I read this book from start to finish in a three days. I read it while idling at red lights. I read it while waiting in front of my kids' school. I read it while my husband watched TV in bed next to me. I just couldn't put it down.

Sadie Jones creates a protagonist we care deeply about. He is a damaged boy, then young man, dangerous and frightening, and we root for him desperately throughout the story. At each turn, as things go from bad to worse, we just want him to find his way, to find SOMEONE who will acknowledge him and make him feel he has a place on this earth.

There is an improbable love story, and it is multi-layered and complicated (as all good love stories are). At the end, disaster looms and you just have to race through the pages to find out what will happen.

The prose style takes a little getting used to, but it carries you along like a strong-flowing river.

The novel really delivers. I had tears in my eyes at the end... and when I closed the last page, I was sorry it was over.
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