by Caryl Phillips - £8.99 Oneworld Publications (2015)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781780747989 | ISBN 10: 1780747985
Caryl Phillips’s The Lost Child is a sweeping story of orphans and outcasts, haunted by the past and fighting to liberate themselves from it. At its centre is Monica Johnson, cut off from her parents after falling in love with a foreigner, and her bitter struggle to raise her sons in the shadow of the wild moors of the north of England. Intertwined with her modern narrative is the ragged childhood of Emily Brontë’s Heathcliff, the anti-hero of Wuthering Heights and one of literature’s most enigmatic lost boys.
Written in the tradition of Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea and J.M. Coetzee’s Foe, The Lost Child is a multifaceted, deeply original response to Emily Bronte’s masterpiece. A critically acclaimed and sublimely talented storyteller, Phillips recovers the mysteries of the past to illuminate the predicaments of the present, getting at the heart of alienation, exile, and family by transforming a classic into a profound story that is singularly its own.
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