This overwhelmingly hot summer everything seems to be slowing down in the tiny Devon village where Alison lives, as if the sun is pouring hot glue over it. 'This idn't nothin',' says Alison's grandmother, recalling a drought when the earth swallowed lambs, and the summer after the war when people got electric shocks off each other.
But Alison knows her grandmother's memory is lying: this is far worse.
She feels that time has stopped just as she wants to enter the real world of adulthood.
In fact, in the cruel heat of summer, time is creeping towards her, and closing in around the valley.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 18/07/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747578369
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Review by raschneid
If Thomas Hardy read up on magic realism, took antidepressants, and was interested in writing sympathetic, believable characters, he might write In the Place of Fallen Leaves. In other words, it's a Thomas Hardy novel for people who don't like Thomas Hardy novels (such as me.)<br/><br/>I especially enjoyed reading it because it's set a bit to the south-west of where I'm currently living in Devon, and was full of fascinating local color.<br/><br/>Beautifully and unusually written; I highly recommend it!