Potread llawn awyrgylch o blentyndod ac ieuenctid yng nghefn gwlad gorllewin Cymru wrth i ferch ifanc feichiog aros am enedigaeth ei baban, cofio'i pherthynas gyda'i diweddar fam, ei thad-cu a'i mam-gu a myfyrio ar gyfeillgarwch a brad y gorffennol.
An atmospheric portrait of childhood and youth in the west Wales countryside as a young pregnant woman looks forward to the birth of her baby, recalls her relationship with her deceased mother and grandparents and reflects on past friendships and betrayals.
This is Susan Fletchers first published novel and has had wide acclaim. It is the story, written in the first person, of Eve, whose mother dies tragically at twenty-eight, when Eve is seven. She is whisked away from the only surroundings she has known, urban Birmingham, to a particularly isolated, small community in rural Cardiganshire to live with her mothers parents, who farm a smallholding. There is no television, no central heating and the farm, Pencarreg, is set on a windy hill.
Gradually, from gossip, hints, and innuendos given by neighbours and village busybodies, Eve discovers the story of her mothers childhood and adolescence how she met a visiting Irishman, became pregnant, was abandoned by him and ran away to the Midlands. Step by step Eve builds up a picture of her father, Keiran. Susan Fletcher is able to describe with consummate skill the thoughts and fears of a child as she grapples with facts she can barely understand.
The narrative moves through Eves life on the farm which she loves, in the village where she gets to know all the neighbours, in school and later in adolescence. Here and there Eve refers to her present life when she has inherited the farm, is herself pregnant and living with the man she has loved since she was a child. She remembers events that occured in the village as she grew up, including the abduction and murder of a village girl, an indecent assault on Eve and other dark events. There are many interesting characters, particularly Billy Macklin, a loner who, following a severe head injury, is an outcast in the village, who Eve develops a friendship with.
This book is a good read and very enjoyable.
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