Snake Ropes: A Novel
Set on an isolated island off the Scottish coast, in a community run by women who are in awe of a mysterious structure called the Thrashing House, the novel is narrated by two teenage girls in very different circumstances. Mary is doing her best to protect her younger brother, Barney, as the island’s sons are mysteriously disappearing. Morgan is scheming to escape the prison her parents have made of their home. The two girls unite, each on a desperate mission in which secrets will be revealed and lives changed forever.
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The colours sang in the sunlight on this table, as if my hands had stroked them into the fabric, rather than jabbed them through with the needle. Some pictures are more difficult to bring to life than others, pulling and drawing, ...
I wipe my pink wet hands on my dress. I stink of fish. Good. Eventually a trade is offered, I needle them up a little and settle. It's a good job Da's got a daughter, for the tall men offer far more for what girls and women make with ...
Hands reach out from the sky, hold out food, bowls of soup, plates of steaming vegetables, stew, I'm getting fatter and fatter from eating and I punch my huge belly. It unravels, like stitches on a broiderie. All the stitches twist, ...
... all the while I try to teach my hands to broider again, all the while I peel potatoes and chop leeks for soup, and all the while I sit opposite him and watch him eat it without filling the empty bowl I've put in front of me.
They gazed up at me, holding hands, and said in rehearsed voices, 'It was a tunnel. For you. It was meant to be a surprise.' When I told them I didn't believe them, they looked at each other's eyes in silence, the kind of looking that ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bongobash - LibraryThing
It took me longer than it would take me to read another book because of the slow start. I thought it could of been a very good story except questions weren't answered. I wanted to know more about the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - passion4reading - LibraryThing
Mary shares a cottage with her fisherman father and little brother Barney on a small island just off the edge of the map after the death of her mother. Traders from the mainland visit the island ... Read full review