ELECTRIC BRAE by Andrew Grieg

ELECTRIC BRAE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An odd climatic phenomenon that confuses the sensations of arising and descending proves the perfect metaphor for this eloquent portrayal of a doomed love affair, the first novel from a highly acclaimed Scottish poet. Deftly alternating omniscient and first-person narration, Greig vividly traces the stormy relationship between rough-hewn Jimmy Renilson, an offshore oil-rig engineer and passionate rock climber, and (much younger) Kiln Ruslawska, a gifted painter whose mercurial character has been shaped by a heritage of violence. Their unstable intimacies, together and apart, build inexorably toward Jimmy's bittersweet realization that ""we'd be connected till one of us huffed the other."" An excellent debut.

Pub Date: Dec. 15th, 1998
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Canongate--dist. by Interlink