The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

May 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

My review of Sadie Jones’ The Uninvited Guests appeared in yesterday’s Globe and Mail. I’ve had a string of good books to review recently, which is always nice.

You get the sense from her books that Jones had—or at least dreamt of—an idyllic country childhood, full of exhilarating bike rides, freewheeling down steep hills, being comfortable and in tune with animals of all kinds, spending hours lying in scratchy hay stubble watching the clouds pass. She is one of the best creators of children characters I’ve come across recently. Her children are ordinary—both in their ordinariness and in their particularities, their cruelties and their suffering. They don’t talk in precociously adult ways, nor is their childish logic made cutesy or fetishised. And she is a writer who genuinely seems to be developing with each novel.

 

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