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Amy & Lan: A Novel (Hardcover)
The author of the highly acclaimed, bestselling novel The Uninvited Guests returns with a captivating coming of age story told by Amy and Lan, two children whose journey from innocence to moving experience is shaped by their families' attempt at the pastoral dream on a farm, deep in the English countryside.
“The very first thing I remember is standing on the water-butt in the garden, with my Mum holding me to stop me falling, singing 'I'm On Top of the World' , and the smell of the new wood in the hot sun. And something do with Mum's silver necklace. Amy doesn't remember any of that. Her very first memory is our wolfhound Ivan knocking her over in a puddle. Or it might be eating a boiled egg, and looking at the daisies on her kitchen tablecloth.”
Amy Connell and Lan Honey are having the best childhood ever. They live on a 78-acre farm in the South West of England, with sisters and brothers, other kids, chickens, goats, three dogs, and even a calf, called Gabriella Christmas.
“Honeys in the Farmhouse, Connells in the Cowhouse, Hodges in the Carthouse . . .”
The three sets of parents are best friends who came to Frith from the city, and are learning, year after year, how to farm the land.
Free and unsupervised, Amy and Lan play with axes and climb on haystacks, but there is grownup danger at Frith they don't see. It's Gail, Lan's mother, and Adam, Amy's father who should be more careful. They should learn what kids know: never to play with fire.
About the Author
Sadie Jones is the author of five novels, including The Outcast, winner of the Costa First Novel Award in Great Britain and a finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize/Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; the enchanting, hard-hitting novel set on the island of Cyprus during the British occupation, Small Wars; her most successful, bestselling novel The Uninvited Guests, beloved of Ann Patchett and Jackie Winspear, among other; the romantic novel set in London's glamorous theatre world, Fallout; and most recently, the highly acclaimed, bestselling novel, The Snakes. Sadie Jones lives in London.
“A brilliant novel…At once a shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class…so well-written, so intricately plotted, that every page delivers some new astonishment.” — Ann Patchett, on THE UNINVITED GUESTS
“Vividly atmospheric…The novel races compulsively onward and becomes, in the end, a surprising and eerily beautiful portrait of compassion.” — Mary Pols, San Francisco Chronicle on THE UNINVITED GUESTS
“Provocative and propulsive...a novel about the corrosive effects of money and power and parenthood…Daring, beautifully written, atmospheric." — Sarah Lyall, New York Times Book Review, on THE SNAKES
“Gripping from the outset, then finally unputdownable. The writing is magnificent. One of the most powerful and uncompromising novels I've read in years.” — Jonathan Coe on THE SNAKES
“Jones’ portrayal of a dysfunctional family is as powerful as her depiction of provincial France...Electrifying.” — Malcolm Forbes, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, on THE SNAKES
“Two children observe and embody the liberating yet risky social experiment of communal living on an English farm… Amy, the “practical” one, and Lan, “a dreamer,” have a near-seamless relationship built on their freedom (playing with axes, climbing on roofs) and joint need for reassurance in the face of chaos and absurdity. And then there are the grown-ups, who bicker and quarrel over practical issues and, inevitably, relationships… It’s at Frith, an earthly Eden, where matters—and childhoods—must end. Change is gonna come in this poignant, low-key coming-of-age tale.” — Kirkus Reviews