Jeremy Page, Author . Viking $24.95 (322p) ISBN 978-0-670-03868-8

This remarkable first novel by British script editor Page elevates a tragic family history to the level of myth. In “the dying months of the Second World War,” Goose, a strange, isolated woman who reads omens in the clouds and lives alone in a cottage on the salt marshes of Norfolk, England, finds a German soldier partially buried in the marsh mud. She takes him in, he gets her pregnant and then he flees (on a makeshift boat featuring a quilt for a sail) while she’s in labor. Daughter Lil, who grows up wild and strange, becomes the love interest of two brothers (named Shrimp and Kipper) and leaves the marshes in shame at age 16. The story is told through the eyes of Pip, Lil’s son, whose inability (or unwillingness) to speak draws Lil and husband George back to the marshes and to Goose. The unforgiving landscape becomes one of the book’s main characters; it’s a ruthless, powerful force that claims Pip’s family members one at a time. But it is Pip’s infatuation with Elsie, an odd girl a few years his senior, that will have the direst consequences of all. Page has reinvented the fairy tale with this disturbing and magical saga. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/28/2007
Release date: 08/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
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