Once the family favourite, Marcel died before his time and now lies far away in an unmarked grave. But his photograph still stands in pride of place on the family cabinet, lovingly guarded by an old woman. Her young grandson, who so resembles his smiling relative, is haunted by the mystery of Marcel's life and death. But when the boy finds some of the dead man's letters, the truth turns out to be far less simple, and far less savoury, than he could ever have imagined. Family secrets, lies and half-truths fold in on one another in this subtle and beguiling novel. Marcel is a sharp, lyrical depiction of the murky attitude of the living towards the dead, and of how past betrayals will live on through the generations.
Product code: AKICG
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Dimensions: 19.9cm x 13.3cm
Publish date: 03/07/2014
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