The Far Cry by Emma Smith

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Called 'a savage comedy with a vicious streak' by Elizabeth Bowen when it first came out, this novel is the story of Teresa, a teenage girl in the 1940s, whose father suddenly takes her out of school and on a ship to India. Susan Hill in her Afterword calls the book 'a small masterpiece…beautifully shaped, evocative, moving and mature.'

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Emma Smith was born Elspeth Hallsmith in 1923 in Newquay, Cornwall. Her first book, Maidens' Trip, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. Her second was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. After her husband's death in 1957 she moved to Wales, where she wrote four children's books, a number of short stories and, a novel The Opportunity of a Lifetime. Since 1980 Emma Smith has lived in the London district of Putney.
Published July 3, 2014 by Persephone Books Ltd. 344 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An intelligent — to tenuously emotional shaping of youthful and grown up relationships, this parades 14 year old Teresa whose Father, Mr. Digby, snatches her from a meeting with her mother in England, to take her to India to her half-sister, Ruth...

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The Paris Review

The world is divided into people who sit on the floor and those who sit on chairs.

Dec 30 2016 | Read Full Review of The Far Cry