STORM AT ARBERTH by SiÄn James

STORM AT ARBERTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An initially involving but eventually turgid short novel by an award-winning Welsh writer. Protagonist Marian is a widow who runs a small shop in a rural village and is variously influenced and transformed by her relationships with a manless woman friend, a borderline-fey neighbor who ""believes in some sort of Earth Magic,"" and with an imperfectly matched gay couple. An all-too-symbolic approaching storm overhangs an otherwise crisply told story that unwisely ends in a virtual orgy of renunciation and compassionate understanding, placing this curious fiction somewhere between Iris Murdoch and Search for Tomorrow.

Pub Date: April 3rd, 1997
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Seren/Dufour