A Stone's Throw Paperback
by Fiona Shaw
'The people you love, they just slip away ...I won't let you do that' A man and his young son set out on a journey one snow-struck day.
Another man skims stones across the sea with his daughter.
Three generations separate them, but one loss connects them - sixty years apart, but no more than a stone's throw.
In between these two men is Meg. Like everyone, she's made choices in her life; and mostly she's proud of them.
But that doesn't mean she isn't haunted by what might have been ...Set in England and Africa, opening during World War Two, A Stone's Throw is about how secrets linger and the price we pay to keep them.
Most of all, it's about the choices we make, about consequences - and how we must, finally, let go of the past and face the future.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 18/04/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846688324
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Review by JudyCroome
Well written, with some lovely prose, A STONE'S THROW follows Meg, a young British girl from the time her father left with her brother to when her son stands throwing stones with his teenage daughter at the funeral of his father.While the writing was tight, with good characterisation of Meg and her husband as a reserved English couple, the themes were too complex for such a short book. I never really got to know the characters, and therefore couldn't relate that well to them. Perhaps that was an intentional technique to emphasize the extreme self-containment needed to sustain a lifetime of British stiff-upper-lip, but it only served to make the characters difficult for me to know.Meg's husband George, too, was one dimensional as a character - throughout the book we only see him through the eyes of Meg and her son Will, and their view of him was rather harsh. I would have liked to get behind his reserve to find out his thoughts on the compromises he had to make throughout his marriage to Meg.Interesting enough for me to want to finish it, the first part (up to the end of Meg's boat journey during WW2), was wonderful, but ultimately I was left somewhat frustrated and rather sad at such a passionless existence, although Meg's encouragement of Will to live his life on his terms offered some hope.