The First Day of Spring - Nancy Tucker

The First Day of Spring - Nancy Tucker

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I was captivated from the very first sentence - this book is fantastic, but it is tragic and heartbreaking.
It is written in a narrative as if the character is speaking to you; and the child's voice is very matter of fact, & does have some laugh out loud turns of phrase.
This is a book of fiction, but just seemed so real. It is powerful and disturbing; and has stayed with me. It is nature vs nuture.  It is about poverty and childhood neglect and the ramifications; it considers guilt, responsibility and redemption.
Sara


A gripping and dark book club debut with a compelling voice at its centre.

'So that was all it took,' I thought. 'That was all it took for me to feel like I had all the power in the world. One morning, one moment, one yellow-haired boy. It wasn't so much after all.'

Chrissie knows how to steal sweets from the shop without getting caught, the best hiding place for hide-and-seek, the perfect wall for handstands.

Now she has a new secret. It gives her a fizzing, sherbet feeling in her belly. She doesn't get to feel power like this at home, where food is scarce and attention scarcer.

Fifteen years later, Julia is working in a fish and chip shop and trying to mother her five-year-old daughter, Molly. She is always worried - about affording food and school shoes, about what the other mothers think of her. Most of all she worries that the social services are about to take Molly away.

That's when the phone calls begin which Julia is too afraid to answer, because it's clear the caller knows the truth about what happened fifteen years ago.

And it's time to face the truth: is forgiveness and redemption ever possible for someone who has killed?

 

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