Rough Music

Rough Music

eBook - 2010
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Beautifully written and deeply compassionate, Rough Music is a novel of one family at two defining points in time. Seamlessly alternating between the present day and a summer thirty years past, its twin stories unfold at a cottage along the eastern coast of England. Will Pagett receives an unexpected gift on his fortieth birthday, two weeks at a perfect beach house in Cornwall. Seeking some distance from the married man with whom he's having an affair, he invites his aging mother and father to share his holiday, knowing the sun and sea will be a welcome change for. But the cottage and the stretch of sand before it seem somehow familiar and memories of a summer long ago begin to surface. Thirty-two years earlier. A young married couple and their eight year-old son begin two idyllic weeks at a beach house in Cornwall. But the sudden arrival of unknown American relatives has devastating consequences, turning what was to be a moment of reconciliation into an act of betrayal that will cast a lengthy shadow. As Patrick Gale masterfully unspools these parallel stories, we see their subtle and surprising reflections in each other and discover how the forgotten dramas of childhood are reenacted throughout our lives. Deftly navigating the terrain between humor and tragedy, Patrick Gale has written an unforgettable novel about the lies that adults tell and the small acts of treason that children can commit. Rough Music gracefully illuminates the merciful tricks of memory and the courage with which we continue to assert our belief in love and happiness. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified]: Random House Publishing Group, 2010
ISBN: 9780307490315
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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GLNovak
Apr 22, 2013

Will's family goes through two crises - one when he is a boy and one in the present when he is in his forties. He, his father and his mother are all given a voice by the author. Events in the story are narrated by each of them so you get an idea of how each perceived the events and what their reactions were. We come to understand motives and keep hoping that there will be more communication but know that is not their way. A lot of repressed emotions and a lot of sensibility of the others feelings. Although the topics are charged, the treatment is careful and caring so that we come away with a sense of empathy for all the characters, regardless of their flaws.

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willbrennan
Jul 02, 2012

This is my favourite book of all time. Incredible story (told in a unique way), characters, and insight. Unforgettable.

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