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Picador, 2006 - Artists - 293 pages
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In the midst of her life with her small brother and unpredictable mother, Pearl is a child who strives to get things right. But the events of one summer's day are about to change her life, and nothing may ever be right again. In ways connected but unforeseen, this child's tragedy will also enter the lives of two strangers. Sonia lives in a cooler, greener part of the city, where she is learning to live alone after the death of her famous husband. And at the edge of the city, close to the beaches, in a run-down building, the young sculptor Adam Logan contemplates the celebrity that his artwork has brought to him. Through a seductively woven plot that reflects the interlacing nature of our lives, CARELESS explores the ties of caring and responsibility, for the living and the dead, that are formed, and broken, in our society.

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In Robertson's first novel (following the story collection Proudflesh), three narrative strands slowly unite around the design of a memorial to victims of senseless crimes. Eight-year-old Pearl is the ... Read full review

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