Brutish. The world can be a violent and brutish place, and escape may not be possible. In Fiona Mozley’s debut novel titled, Elmet, a father, daughter and son live in a rural area in a house built by hand on land owned by someone else. The landlord represents evil and encourages violence. This is a novel about outcasts and the bonds of family love, under which one does what is necessary to survive. Mozley’s prose is finely written, and readers who enjoy literary fiction are those most likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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