Featherstone by Kirsty Gunn
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Kirsty Gunn’s first novel, Rain, was praised by the New York Times as “exquisitely written . . . every page expresses familiar feelings in ways that are unsentimental and entirely original”; “spellbinding,” raved the Boston Globe. That same resonant magnetism and emotional depth infuse her new novel. Featherstone is the story of the mysterious disappearance from an isolated town in Scotland of a young woman whose absence still reverberates in the lives of everyone whose life she touched.
When Sonny Johanssen looks up from his flower bed, he is sure that he has just seen the impossible. And yet he feels her: his niece, Francie, has come home. He’s not the only one who senses her presence. Across town, Ray Weldon, Francie’s long-suffering high school sweetheart, is anxiously scouring their old haunts, convinced that she has finally returned. But has she really come home, or is her presence some kind of resurrection in the minds of those who love her?
It soon becomes clear that Featherstone is not a traditional tale of small-town life, but that the enigmatic Francie is a catalyst for a different, deeper story. Her homecoming disturbs the inhabitants of this community, unraveling a sense of security and stability and turning inward people’s hopes and dreams — with dangerous but ultimately regenerative consequences.

About Kirsty Gunn

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Kirsty Gunn is the author of several internationally acclaimed works of fiction, most recently the story collection This Place You Return to Is Home. Her first novel, Rain, was made into a feature film that was an official selection in 2002 at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. She lives in London.
Published January 1, 2003 by FABER AND FABER. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Francie haunts the town, both literally and figuratively—her uncle Sonny Johanssen looks up in his garden one day and sees her (or, rather, perceives her, since it’s far from clear that she’s actually there) smiling at him benignly, and Ray Weldon also comes to the conclusion (on the same day) th...

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(Feb. 4)Forecast:The critically acclaimed movie version of Rain, out this year, spurred fresh interest in Gunn's writing and should encourage some readers to give Featherstone a chance.

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