Crustaceans by Andrew Cowan

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It’s December and there is one foot of snow. Paul, the narrator, is driving east to the seaside in the imaginary company of his son, Euan, whose sixth birthday this would have been. As he drives, and later as he wanders the coast, Paul assembles in detail the fragments of a life that seemed to have ended with Euan’s. In this beautifully modulated, heart-rending novel, Andrew Cowan fathoms the relationship between a parent and child, as seen through the eyes of a man struggling to come to terms with his life and losses as both father and son. All the more powerful for its delicacy and restraint, this is a novel that resonates in the mind long after the last page.

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Andrew Cowan lives in England. He is the author of two previous novels, Pig and Common Ground.
Published May 17, 2001 by Sceptre. 191 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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That the memory of Euan is all Paul has left seems intended as the emotion to keep us buoyant, but as a narrative device it’s not as strong as it needs to be: These clipped remembrances may be meant to create sadness, but too often they come off like the monotone of a math teacher delivering theo...

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With a clear and lucid eye, Cowan limns a collection of short, significant moments in Paul's life, which define him as a man, lover and father.

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