Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

In emotionally repressed post-World War II England, a sensitive boy goes tragically off the rails.Jones's compelling debut explores childhood damage and the fragile possibility of survival against a background of buttoned-up late-1940s and '50s middle-class life. The heartbreaking story concerns ten-year-old Lewis Aldridge, whose mother drowns while the two are having a picnic. Gilbert, Lewis's ... Read full review

Review: The Outcast

Editorial Review - - Sarah Rachel Egelman

In her small English village, Elizabeth just doesn't fit in. Her jokes are wrong, she drinks too much, and she's too freespirited. During the war she has her young son, Lewis, for company, but when it ends and her husband, Gilbert, comes home, she and Lewis both feel pressure to behave with propriety and make him the center of the household. A tragedy turns the softspoken Lewis into even more of ... Read full review

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