Oystercatchers, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The second novel from highly acclaimed young writer Susan Fletcher, author of the award-winning `Eve Green'Amy lies in a coma.

Her older sister, Moira, comes to her in the evenings, sits beside her in a green-walled hospital room.

Here, Moira confesses. She admits to her childhood selfishness which deeply hurt her family and to the self-imposed exile from the dramatic Welsh coast that had dominated and captivated her childhood; to her savagery at boarding school; to the wild, bitter and destructive heart that she carried into her adult life.

Moira knows this: that she's been a poor daughter, and a deceptive wife.

But it is as Amy lies half-dying that she sees the real truth: she's been a cruel sister, and it is this cruelty that has led them both here, to this hospital bed.A novel about trust, loss and loneliness, `Oystercatchers' is a love story with a profound darkness at its core.


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The plot is not as interesting as that of Eve Green,but the poetic prose is still there, although not without flaws. The sister in the coma turns out to be irrelevant, an unecessary device. I feel the plot drags in the middle, too many schooldays, and too much Ray. I really like Fletcher's style when it works.

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