Summer by Tom Darling

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In reality there are few places remaining in modern Britain so isolated and far from communication with the world: Summerin the end stands as a deeply felt parable about children who fall outside the social net.
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They have lost everything but each other. When Grace Hooper, on the verge of womanhood, and her nine-year-old brother Billy are left orphaned by a freak accident at the beginning of a long, hot summer, they find themselves cast adrift from their old life and numb with grief. Sent to stay with their estranged grandfather on the remote farm where their mother grew up, there they must try to uncover a new understanding of the world and their place in it. But in the relentless heat and the unnatural calm of the near-deserted farm, nature itself soon becomes both enemy and ally - and as the bond between brother and sister disintegrates, Grace discovers that the farm hosts a tragic past and an uncertain future. At once disturbing and compelling, Summer is a beautifully written and deeply atmospheric exploration of loss and regeneration.
 

About Tom Darling

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Tom Darling was born in 1978 and grew up in Norfolk and Cornwall; he studied creative writing at Trinity College Dublin. In 2008 he privately published a limited collector's item, The Glass People, with boutique publisher To Hell With Publishing. He writes screenplays, and his first short film, Frozen, will shoot in spring 2001. He lives in Dublin.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Abacus Software. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Stevie Davies on Jan 27 2012

In reality there are few places remaining in modern Britain so isolated and far from communication with the world: Summerin the end stands as a deeply felt parable about children who fall outside the social net.

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