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|Cynthia Rogerson, a Scot who was brought up in the US, now lives in the Scottish Highlands. She is the author of numerous novels and has been shortlisted for many prizes. Her previous books include Loveletter from my Death Bed, Upstairs in the Tent and A Dangerous Place.|
Kate is in the not necessarily sad limbo of widowhood when Big Murdo and Wee Murdo arrive in her kitchen with alarming news. Hasn't she heard about her daughter Mhairi's marriage? Confronting Mhairi on her return from college, Kate finds that she is indeed married, and what's more, has a baby on the way. But the husband isn't the father, and the father is nowhere to be found...Circling at the very edge of this picture is Jamie, a homeless young man fleeing ghosts of his own. When Mhairi is driven to a terrible act, his path briefly crosses the women's, with surprising consequences.Offering a wry contemporary perspective on Highland life, Upstairs in the Tent is a warm, forgiving novel about people's need to find their home in the world.
A hangulatos skot kisvaros, Evanton lakoi kozott a sors kiszamithatatlan modon szovi a szerelem es a baratsag fonalat. Titkos szovetsegese is van ebben, Ania, a hazassagi tanacsado, aki szinte mindent tud a szerelemrol es a tokeletes hazassag titkairol. Egy nap azonban feltunik a szerelem egy sarmos ferfi kepeben, es egyszeriben minden, amiben Ania hitt, idezojelbe kerul. Mikozben a sajat eletet probalja osszerakni, masok szeteso hazassagarra kell gyogyirt talalnia, tobbek kozt Rose es Harry kapcsolatara, akiknel a valas vagy az ujrakezdes a tet. Az irodalmi dijas irono jellegzetes humorral es mely egyutterzessel megirt tortenete barmelyikunkkel megeshetne. Szeretheto szereploivel egyutt tanulunk szerelemrol, husegrol es hutlenseg, egyszoval mindarrol, ami szamit. Ez a konyv megerositett abban, hogy a szerelem mindig varatlanul erkezik, es mindent felborit az ember eleteben. Akar hiszel a szerelemben, akar nem, ez a regeny vegigvitorlaztat az erzelmek haborgo tengeren, es magad sem tudod, hol a part, hol a kikoto... - Fejos Eva
What would you do if life suddenly flipped upside down? Where would you go if your world fell apart? Who would you turn to? When her son Calum dies in a car crash, Alison is left stunned and dazed. But instead of turning to those around her for comfort, she impulsively leaves them behind, desperate to hide from her loss. Even in death, though, Calum has a way of pushing her, making her do things she would never normally have done. And soon his memory starts to transform her in unimaginable ways. And then there's Neal, happily married to Sally, who till Calum's funeral is unaware he's still carrying a torch for Alison. He was the man Calum called dad, but wasn't. Alison has forgotten Neal, but he cannot forget her. If I Touched the Earth is a warm and compelling novel, delicately weaving a powerful story about life's many unexpected moments and the ways in which these events can change our paths forever.
These stories observe how people live through moments of realisation; how they negotiate the avenues of loss, with cowardice and courage and a fair amount of bewilderment. While fishing on a sunny loch, a woman is suddenly convinced and terrified that her lover is about to leave her. Parents in San Francisco learn that their son has been in a car accident, and may be dying. A girl loses her virginity the same day as the funeral of her much despised mother, and later understands which is the greater loss. Humour threads through these dark moments and days. Even death - especially death - is not exempt. And love is perfectly heaving with embarrassing poignancy. These are warm stories about real people. Loss changes them, but change makes them feel alive.
Shortlisted for Creative Scotland Book of the Year Award 2010, I Love You, Goodbye brilliantly captures the exhilaration, confusion and frustration of relationships. Tracking the interconnected lives of four characters living in a small Scottish village, Rogerson explores the different ways in which people, of various backgrounds, cultures and ages, approach love. Skillfully entwining observations of life in the Scottish Highlands, examinations of love in its various stages, and characterization that draws the reader in from the very first page, this is a novel that, though set in the most specific of locations, strives to answer a universal question: what is love?