The Long Dry by Cynan Jones

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Waking up early to check the cattle, Gareth notices one of the calving cows is missing and sets off to find her before the sun gets too strong. What follows is a search through memory and anxiety about losing what he has as Gareth walks the land looking for the missing cow. Increasingly, the narrative is disturbed by arresting and often brutal imagery as things chip away at Gareth's patience and the need to find the cow becomes more pressing. The day unfolds, and the cow's behaviour emerges as a metaphor for the relationship between Gareth and his wife Kate as they stumble on desperately in their changing care for each other. Only the reader is aware of the tragedy that awaits the family a few days down the line, throwing the story into shadow with a terrible poignancy.

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Cynan Jones is a writer whose work has appeared in Richard & Judy's Winning Stories and Urban Welsh.
Published November 1, 2012 by Parthian Books. 56 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Jones uses his grandfather’s tape-recorded memories as source material.) Gareth and his wife Kate have a teenage son, Dylan, and a small daughter, Emmy, whose father (we infer) is a farmhand who Kate grabbed in a spasm of lust she has regretted ever since.

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The Long Dry is an accurate rendering of the intrinsic beauty and mysticism country life.

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