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Oystercatchers

by Susan Fletcher

Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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From the winner of the 2004 Whitbread First novel award comes a beautifully written novel about love, about trust, loss and loneliness with a profound darkness at its core.  The story unfolds at the bedside of a girl in a coma, as her sister confesses to her past selfishness, her bitterness and her anger and savagery towards her family and most of all towards her sister.  Fletcher’s writing is wonderfully lyrical and beguiling, and an utter joy to read despite the sadness and bitterness of the story.

Oystercatchers Synopsis

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.

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Oystercatchers Press Reviews

'[Susan Fletcher] writes with sensitivity and a delicate observation of details.'
Daily Telegraph

'Fletcher writes very well indeed on place. Motifs, real and dream-like, of the sea suffuse the book.'
Carol Ann Duffy, Sunday Telegraph

'Richly lyrical prose.'
The Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007190263
Publication date: 04/02/2008
Publisher: HarperPerrenial, an imprint of Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007190256
Publication date: 05/02/2007
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007190263
Publication date: 4th February 2008
Author: Susan Fletcher
Publisher: HarperPerrenial, an imprint of Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Susan Fletcher

Susan Fletcher was our Guest Editor in March 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Susan Fletcher was born in 1979 in Birmingham. She studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and lives in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her first novel, Eve Green won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Betty Trask Prize and Author's Club Best First Novel Award. Her second novel Oystercatchers was published in 2007 to great acclaim. Author photo © Graeme Cornes

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