Every Sunday, Caro finds herself back in the place where it all began, lured by memory, guilt and all the losses she cannot reconcile. Constantly dwelling on the past, she immerses herself in work, where long hours insulate her from the world. For Caro, the present is two dimensional: it is history that is loaded with colour and scent. Sometimes she tries to get some perspective on those years, going over that terrible summer twenty years ago, when her band of three inseparable friends disintegrated forever. Estelle died two weeks after her fifteenth birthday. It was sudden, violent, shocking. Afterwards, Cormac left and never returned. Now she waits for release, which comes in the form of an unlikely alliance. Aifric Campbell's second novel is filled with longing - for childhood and the liberating power of friendship.
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Aifric Campbell was born in Ireland. She moved to Sweden where she completed a Linguistics degree and lectured in semantics. She spent thirteen years as an investment banker in London before leaving to study psychotherapy and creative writing, most recently at the University of East Anglia. She now lives in Sussex with her husband and son. Her first novel, The Semantics of Murder, is also published by Serpent's Tail.Review:
Aifric Campbell is one of my favourite Irish novelists and I love this book. It's written with seriousness, lightness, intelligence and insight, but most of all with great beauty and presence. -- Joseph O'Connor Sexy, sad, riven with longing, The Loss Adjustor confirms a talent of unusual promise -- Nicholas Shakespeare Campbell writes with lambent precision... a mesmerising study of a woman clinging to the knotted cord of adolescence, uncertain whether to go backwards or forwards -- John O'Connell Guardian Clear-eyed, lyrical... Campbell manages to infuse the cool, lucid language of narrator with some truly luminous descriptions of place and emotion... a book that demands to be taken seriously, both because of its ambitions and the beauty of its writing -- Catherine Heaney Irish Times So full of beautiful writing that even the insurance industry comes to life. From its beguiling first sentence - "I was born in a place that presumed departure" - to its simple, humane ending, it is beautiful to read. Aifric Campbell's language is rich and exact, never flowering into too much; she is concise without being dry, her characters painted in deft, tight strokes -- Suzanne Harrington Irish Examiner Campbell allows her disturbing story to seep out slowly and to deliver unnerving punches in this extremely well-paced novel Mslexia Aifric Campbell's absorbing second novel celebrates friendship past and present and the enduring hope of redemption Waterstone's Books Quarterly Campbell's style is lyrical, revealing sharp, important truths with mesmerising intensity as Caro begins to embrace a future that is rich with possibility, hope and reconciliation -- Eithne Farry Daily Mail The imagery is evocative, the narrative well-paced and there is a genuine sense of sympathy with the main character. Thought-provoking Scotsman The flawless depiction of a life destroyed by the devastating loss of a loved one is testament to her skill as a writer -- Jennifer Ryan Sunday Independent Campbell's eloquent prose is both beautiful and compelling, making The Loss Adjustor a haunting and gripping novel Ulster Tatler A powerful and thought-provoking book ... the real beauty lies in her elegant and evocative prose Sunday Business Post Campbell renders her narrator's inner voice in graceful prose. -- David Evans Independent on Sunday Subtle and haunting... Campbell writes beautifully, drawing you into Caro's world and the incidents that help her clamber out of her monochrome misery. -- Victoria Moore Daily Mail Passionately imbued with a tremendous sense of place and a critical awareness of how time eventually surrenders some degree of understanding. -- Steve Andrew Morning Star
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 2010. Book Condition: New. Ships from the UK. BRAND NEW. Bookseller Inventory # GRP71488649
Book Description Profile Books Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 256 pages. 8.50x5.31x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __1846687306