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Olivia arrives at her mother's chateau in rural France (the first time in more than a decade) with her two young children in tow. Soon the family is joined by Olivia's brother Marcus and his wife Sophie'but this reunion is far from joyful. After years of desperately wanting a baby, Sophie has just given birth to a stillborn child, and she is struggling to overcome her devastation. Meanwhile, Olivia wrestles with her own secrets about the cruel and violent man she married many years before. Exquisitely written and reminiscent of Ian McEwan and J. M. Coetzee, Disquiet is a darkly beautiful and atmospheric story that will linger in the mind long after the final page is turned.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780143113508
Branch Call Number: LEIGH
Characteristics: 120 p.


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Dec 05, 2009

**spoiler alert** Not bad and has the advantage of being really short, but because it's short, I took the opportunity to re-read it and it didn't quite stand up to the second-time-through test. The style is economical and slightly eccentric with odd choices of words to set you slightly off-balance and the imagery is crystal-clear, in fact, cinematic. I could easily see this as an art-house film, with moody lighting and little background music. I'm not sure how uplifting it is to read about this highly dysfunctional family, but they do seem to be choosing life as the book closes. Much of the plot revolves around a tragedy involving a child, so be warned.

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