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The Ice is Singing

By (author) Jane Rogers
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber, London, United Kingdom
Published: 22nd Jun 1987
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
ISBN-10: 0571147720
ISBN-13: 9780571147724
Barcode No: 9780571147724

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Kirkus UK
Marion is on the run. She's left her children, and she's driving around the north of Britain, staying in sterile motels, trying unsuccessfully to numb her brain. Her thoughts are relayed sometimes chaotically, sometimes with terrifying lucidity, always tinged with the voice of clinical depression, in diary form. Interspersed between entries are the stories she writes along the way. But her life can't be resolved like the stories she writes. 'There is nothing to resolve. Nothing so concrete. Just images, some familiar, some forgotten. Just times, moods, impressions. An undigested life - a ragbag. It's all ordinary enough, except for leaving the children. Not many women do that.' Images of motherhood, parenthood, womanhood and sterility barb the narrative as Marion struggles to find the source of her pain. In this her first novel Rogers presents a narrator with a disturbingly clear voice who discovers chaos at the root of existence. (Kirkus UK)