The Last Pier

Roma Tearne (Author)


A beautiful, atmospheric novel about family, love, loss, and regret by a critically acclaimed author "How deep the summer had bitten into the land that last August, how cruelly it had burnt into earth and grass and air. What had started out as a pastel and water-faded spring turning so unexpectedly into a splintering, shimmering thing. All that had been required was a spark to cause a fire. Why had no one noticed?" The summer of 1939 broke the Maudsley family. Cecily was only13-years-old and desperate to grow up; desperate to be as beautiful and desired and reckless as her older sister Rose. Now, in her 40s, the family resemblance is uncanny, but Cecily is a shadow of her former self. A part of her died that fateful summer. Returning to the deserted family farm as an adult, Cecily recalls the light before the storm, before the war came and before the terrible family tragedy. It was a summer of laughter and ice cream, promises and first love. She remembers her father s unrequited love for her, her melancholy mother, and her brittle and argumentative aunt Kitty, and how everyone, somehow, was guarding a secret. None more so than the impossibly beautiful Rose. And in her childhood innocence, between snatches of misunderstood conversations, Cecily helps set in motion a chain of devastating events. Wandering through the family home29 years later, Cecily hopes to lay some ghosts to rest but the past has yet to give up some shocking secrets."

Product Details

$15.95  $14.67
Aardvark Bureau
Publish Date
April 23, 2019
5.1 X 1.0 X 7.8 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Roma Tearne is a Sri Lankan-born novelist and filmmaker whose books include "Bone China" and "Mosquito." She has been short-listed for the Costa, the Kirimaya, and "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize and long-listed for the Orange Prize and the Asian Man Booker.


'Exquisitely written ... once read, not easily forgotten' Fay Weldon 'Tearne charts the patterns of love and loss with beautiful prose' Sunday Times 'Tearne brings her skills as a painter to her writing' Sunday Telegraph 'Tearne is brilliant on first love, sibling rivalry and that long hot summer of adolescence that we all remember before we had to put away childish things. By the final chapters, tension grips like a vice, and you're still reading at 3am.' The Independent '[Tearne] has a wonderful ability to create atmosphere.' The Times 'Absorbed me right up to the final page... Beautifully written and difficult to stop thinking about.' Jo Brand 'A beautifully written, evocative tale that explores sibling rivalry, guilt, and the complexities of familial love.' Neverimitate 'An engaging and atmospheric page-turner.' Bailieborough Library Reading Group 'An exquisite writer and captivating storyteller' Aminatta Forna