What Ends

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Price
$26.00  $24.18
Publisher
New Issues Poetry and Prose
Publish Date
Pages
265
Dimensions
5.34 X 8.42 X 1.02 inches | 1.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781936970223
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About the Author

ANDREW LADD'S debut novel, What Ends, won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Prize in the Novel, and his shorter work has appeared in Apalachee Review, CICADA, Graze, Memoir Journal, Yemassee, and The Rumpus, among others. He grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has since lived in Boston, Montreal, and New York; currently he lives in London with his wife.

Reviews

Running parallel to our overcrowded, technologically saturated present is a yearning for a peace and remoteness which can only be resolved through voluntary removal from society. Many self-sufficient Scottish island communities flourish in this way and have done for several hundred years but their survival cannot be guaranteed. Andrew Ladd s impressive first novel acknowledges this by referencing the well-documented decline of St Kilda, whose last inhabitants left in 1930. Its ghostly presence hovers over his actual location: a small, fictitious Hebridean island, and the 20-year saga of one of its few remaining families, the McClouds. It is October 1980 on Eilean For and a baby is born. Despite the date, the setting could be the Fifties: Trevor McCloud is delivered at home with an amateur midwife in attendance while his father and the male doctor share a dram of whisky in the parlour. Trevor will be the last child born on the island. Catherine Taylor, The Telegraph"
"Running parallel to our overcrowded, technologically saturated present is a yearning for a peace and remoteness which can only be resolved through voluntary removal from society. Many self-sufficient Scottish island communities flourish in this way and have done for several hundred years - but their survival cannot be guaranteed. Andrew Ladd's impressive first novel acknowledges this by referencing the well-documented decline of St Kilda, whose last inhabitants left in 1930. Its ghostly presence hovers over his actual location: a small, fictitious Hebridean island, and the 20-year saga of one of its few remaining families, the McClouds. It is October 1980 on Eilean For and a baby is born. Despite the date, the setting could be the Fifties: Trevor McCloud is delivered at home with an amateur midwife in attendance while his father and the male doctor share a dram of whisky in the parlour. Trevor will be the last child born on the island."--Catherine Taylor "The Telegraph" (8/7/2014 12:00:00 AM)