The Zigzag Way, Paperback Book
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Eric is an uncertain, awkward young man, a would-be writer, and a traveller in spite of himself.

Happy to follow his more confident girlfriend to Mexico, he is overwhelmed with sensory overload, but gradually seduced - by the strangeness, the colour, the mysteries of an older world.

He finds himself on a curious quest for his own family in a 'ghost' mining town, now barely inhabited, where almost a hundred years earlier young Cornish miners worked the rich seams in the earth.

On the D-a de los Muertos, the feast day when the locals celebrate and remember their dead, the various strands of the novel come together hauntingly, bringing together past and present in a moment of quiet, powerful epiphany.


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Evocative, atmospheric, a little exotic for those who have no knowledge of Mexico; a very slight story, more like journalling your genealogy research. She captures the emotion of discovery of ancestors, the imagining of their lives, the feeling of regret for their misfortunes

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