Night Waking

Night Waking

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Historian Anna Bennett has a book to write. She also has an insomniac toddler, a precocious, death-obsessed seven-year-old, and a frequently absent ecologist husband who has brought them all to Colsay, a desolate island in the Hebrides, so he can count the puffins. Ferociously sleep-deprived, torn between mothering and her desire for the pleasures of work and solitude, Anna becomes haunted by the discovery of a babya€™s skeleton in the garden of their house. Her narrative is punctuated by letters home, written 200 years before, by May, a young, middle-class midwife desperately trying to introduce modern medicine to the suspicious, insular islanders. The lives of these two characters intersect unexpectedly in this deeply moving but also at times blackly funny story about maternal ambivalence, the way we try to control children, and about womena€™s vexed and passionate relationship with work. Mossa€™s second novel displays an exciting expansion of her range a€“ showing her to be both an excellent comic writer and a novelist of great emotional depth.a#39;My friend was going to go help at a school in Kerala and I wanted to go too, but Mum said theya#39;d only pay for me to go to university if I didna#39;t go off to aquot;some ... Because I was going to work on a conservation project in the rainforest and I dona#39; t like gardening. And she said only a spoilt teenager would imagine that manual labour could be liberating, and I was like, you think manual labour involves a trug andanbsp;...

Title:Night Waking
Author: Sarah Moss
Publisher:Granta Books - 2011-02-03

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