Close Your Eyes by Ewan Morrison

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In fluctuating between first and second person, and interjecting snippets from a self-help parenting guide, Morrison successfully depicts Rowan's confusion as he juxtaposes her own memories and thoughts with those of her mother.
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In 1981 a mother abandoned her child and drove into the night, never to return. Her disappearance was reported in the press as a fatal road accident. Her body was never found.

Thirty years later, Rowan has a child of her own. Afflicted by post-natal depression, she is convinced that she'll hurt her daughter unless she unpicks the mystery of her past, buried deep within a commune in the remote highlands of Scotland. Leaving her young family and life in London, she returns to her childhood home to find a failed utopia shrouded in secrecy. And there, with a looming cult leader, among the rites and rituals, the sacraments and ceremonies, is a single postcard dated a week after her mother's death. As she draws ever closer to the truth about her mother, she fears she might lose even herself.

Close Your Eyes is a powerful novel, exploring the eternal bonds of maternal love. Evoking the spirit of the 60s and 70s in its gentle, lyrical passion, it tells the secret history of a revolutionary social experiment, and, with unflinching honesty, depicts the impacts, both good and bad, that it had on its children.
 

About Ewan Morrison

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Ewan Morrison is the author of The Last Book You Read, a collection of stories, and the novels Swung, Distance and M nage. He lives in Glasgow.
 
Published September 10, 2012 by Jonathan Cape. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Corinne Jones on Aug 18 2012

In fluctuating between first and second person, and interjecting snippets from a self-help parenting guide, Morrison successfully depicts Rowan's confusion as he juxtaposes her own memories and thoughts with those of her mother.

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