War Crimes for the Home
The author of Egg Dancing and Ark Baby has produced a highly original if dark novel about that twilight zone between lucidity and stroke-affected memory, observed disjointedly by the affected inmate of an old people's home. Out of her fuzz of fragments of memory, of jitterbugging and jokes and frantic sex in World War II, the old lady emerges slowly as a casualty of war - but on the home front. Disconcerting images of a baby and extraordinary recollections of a war-time romance with a GI Joe are muddled in with insinuations of a buried past, a son who wants the truth about who he is, and startling perspectives of what it is like to be young during the war against Hitler and old in a wheelchair. An uncomfortable but praiseworthy read. Liz Jensen is the acclaimed author of THE PAPER EATER, EGG DANCING and ARK BABY which was shortlisted for The Guardian Fiction Prize. She lives in London.
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