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The Outcast | Paperback

Released on 16 June 2008

Author: Sadie Jones | Format: Paperback

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1957, and Lewis Aldridge is travelling back to his home in the South of England. He is straight out of jail and nineteen years old. His return will trigger the implosion not just of his family, but of a whole community. A decade earlier, his father's homecoming casts a different shape. The war is over and Gilbert has recently been demobbed. He reverts easily to suburban life - cocktails at six thirty, church on Sundays - but his wife and young son resist the stuffy routine. Lewis and his mother escape to the woods for picnics, just as they did in wartime days. Nobody is surprised that Gilbert's wife counters convention, but they are all shocked when, after one of their jaunts, Lewis comes back without her. Not far away, Kit Carmichael keeps watch. She has always understood more than most, not least from what she has been dealt by her own father's hand. Lewis' grief and burgeoning rage are all too plain, and Kit makes a private vow to help. But in her attempts to set them both free, she fails to predict the painful and horrifying secrets that must first be forced into the open. As menacing as it is beautiful, "The Outcast" is a devastating portrait of small-town hypocrisy from an astonishing new voice.

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 It's not that bad!

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I really liked this book. It's true that the author's use of the word "and" does annoy, but when you get past that, i was really gunning for lewis and kit. I thought this book was moving, and i felt like i wanted to put my arms around lewis. It captured the whole era, and the social boundaries of the time. It's true it's not an uplifting read, but it ends how the reader wants it to, give it a try!

 Loved it!

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I read this book for a book club I attended and I would never have picked it up otherwise but im so glad I did. It was excellent, so raw an gritty, there was no fluffiness. Sadie jones captures the emotions and lives of the characters brilliantly and realistictly. She highlights the struggles of that time fantastically. I loved the book, it was refreashing to read something that was writtten with such imagination and emotion. Well done sadie!!! I cnt wait to read the next book :)

 A superb book which had me hooked from the first page.

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I loved this book and also liked the writing style which although different and simplistic worked well with the subject matter involved. The narrative voice was voyeuristic and the events which unfolded appeared to be out of her control. This perfectly mirrored the evolving lives of the main characters Lewis and Kit. A superb book very cleverly written.

 Loved it

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I loved this book. Yes it is pretty depressing throughout but I think captures the emotions and describes the frustration and pain experienced by people who have the same way of dealing with strong negative emotion that Lewis does in this story. Don't read it if you want a happy go lucky, sweet sort of book but if you want real emotion then it's a good one. I was completely taken into this book and the emotions and if I'm honest it completely wore me out! I cried so many times during reading and afterwards I couldn't begin another book for a while. I felt I needed time to recover before becoming involved in another story! That probably sounds pathetic but this really affected me. I loved the style of writing too. But be warned this is not a happy holiday book!

 Moving

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Tough to get into, the writing style is unlike any other I have read in a while! But its generally a romantic and moving tale of love between two very different people. There's quite a bit of drama thrown in for good measure, and its generally not a bad book. It could be so much more, however, and you do feel a bit let down towards the end. In some ways you want to hurry up and finish it, other ways you want it to never end. Make up your own mind.

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AuthorSadie Jones
PublisherVintage (United Kingdom)
Year2008
ISBN9780099513421
FormatPaperback - 368 Pages