Circles a Clover

by Michael Egan

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LoveReading Expert Review of Circles a Clover

Michael Egan’s gripping, dystopian story of beauty and dread is a wonderfully immersive tale of a daughter who deals with life’s harsh realities helped by some magical thinking.

Egan’s finely tuned skill as a storyteller seduces you. Right from the opening chapter he sets up a delicious, nerve-tingling sense of foreboding, with references that range from Game of Thrones and mushroom clouds to Afghanistan, Iraq and the impending end of the world. He doesn’t so much hook you into his imagined world, as gently caress a net around you, coaxing you onto each page after the next.

And what a story he tells. 

Plucky, thoughtful Kyle Halfpenny, year 11,  lives with her Dad who is either a mad drunk or prescient seer. She sees bigger pictures and small details and has views, thoughts and fears that all speak of a profound understanding and compassion for the lot of those in her world. 

She communes with foxes, mourns for a lasagne that had ”shrunk in on itself, like it was trying to hide from it’s own failings” and through the absence of her mother and missing her brother, she cares for her Dad, a lasagne made mortal, who seeks sanctuary with Kyle on a island imbued with history, overrun by rabbits and the home of hope.

This is a one hell of a read, for YA readers as much as for the intended adult audience. It is a cautionary tale of the corrosive effect on life of unfettered fear, the acid that eats joy. It is a sad and lyrical hymn to our responsibilities to ourselves and to each other. And, with its exquisite, magical, story-within-a story, it is an enchanting fable about the gritty beauty of life and of all lives. Unless you’re a rabbit.

Paul Blezard

Circles a Clover Synopsis

A lyrical, uncompromising, gripping exploration of family relationships. Kyle Halfpenny has to take care of her dad who is preparing for the end of the world. She decides to take him to the mysterious island of Selny. The fine line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred. The strong narrative leaves the reader with a dazzling sense of terror and beauty.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781911427209
Publication date: 26th August 2021
Author: Michael Egan
Publisher: Everything with Words
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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