Amy & LAN


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6.1 X 8.6 X 1.6 inches | 0.85 pounds

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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 delightful story of life on an English farm coop from the perspective of two children....An extramarital affair adds more tension to the farm....Jones does a solid job showing how Amy and Lan, despite their naivety, perceive the truth of the adults' conflicts. This is great fun." -- Publishers Weekly

"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

"[Sadie Jones's] achingly poignant sixth novel recounts the story of two youngsters whose friendship is pulled apart by the tensions of the adult world in a rural Eden... This is a novel of quiet beauty, vividly evoking the magnitude of childhood loss and the capacity for hope." -- The Guardian

"Jones' skillfully rendered, character-driven coming-of-age work is a bittersweet delight for fans of Beryl Bainbridge and Elizabeth Gill." -- Booklist

"Jones' evocation of childhood is spot-on: its fierce passions, disaffections, loyalties, and suffering....Loss of innocence in its various forms is threaded throughout the novel, from the killing of a favorite turkey for Christmas to the intrusion of contradictory norms from 'outside' and, most painful of all, the betrayal of children by their protectors."
-- Financial Times