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'Stevie Davies's KITH & KIN is a moving, scalpel-sharp story of close family relationships...The writing is urgent and surprising, the tale at its most hilarious when it is bitter and bizarre...I couldn't put this book down until I had finished it' Patricia Duncker Mara and Frankie are cousins and best friends, growing up in the stifling atmosphere of Swansea in the 1950s, amid a bickering yet close-knit extended family. But their passionate friendship comes under threat as they reach adolescence in the heady atmosphere of the Sixties - a decade in which the conventions of family and kinship are overturned. Years later, as Mara begins to confront the questions surrounding Frankie's death, she is drawn back into their secret past and the struggles of a generation betrayed by its own values.
'Davies has sown this brand of difficult love throughout KITH & KIN, leaving the reader breathless with its intensity.'
Emma Cowing, THE SCOTSMAN
â€˜A gleaming portrait of family rifts and rivalriesâ€¦Davies greatest skill is in the depiction of childhood memoriesâ€™
Stephanie Merritt, Observer
â€˜Startlingly dense and suggestive proseâ€¦ deeply affecting and provocativeâ€™
Alex Clark, TES
'A moving, scalpel-sharp story of a close family relationshipâ€¦I couldn't put this book downâ€™
â€˜Another gem from Stevie Davies - crafted, moving and minutely well observed'
'What's remarkable about KITH & KIN is Davies' sensual evocation of ... the bonds of blood and love. Beautifully unflinching.'
Publication date: 07/10/2004
|Publication date:||7th October 2004|
|Genres:||Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,|
Stevie Davies is the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Swansea University and is a novelist, historian and literary critic. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.More About Stevie Davies