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From these threads of fact and myth, Cassara runs up a fictional ensemble that craftily stitches glamour and grit.” Financial Times When Stella, a young Metis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.
In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night.
Then one night Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder.
Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, ‘innocent and wild’, and his words fan the flames of old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town – and new controversy: the town’s paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, by Jim Crace tracks the few days that will see Busi and the town he loves altered irrevocably.
The Xtravaganzas must learn to navigate sex work, addiction and persistent abuse, leaning on each other as bulwarks against a world that resists them.
All are ambitious, resilient and determined to control their own fates, even as they hurtle toward devastating consequences.
Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state.
A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule—galvanized by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her and communes with the earth.