26a: A Novel (P.S.) by Diana Evans

By Diana Evans

A hauntingly appealing, wickedly humorous, and devastatingly relocating novel of innocence and goals that asserts the coming of a tremendous new expertise to the literary scene within the attic room at 26 Waifer road, exact twins Georgia and Bessi Hunter percentage nectarines and forge their identities, whereas escaping from the unhappiness and hazard that inhabit the flooring under. yet innocence lasts for less than so long—and goals, regardless of how shiny and robust, can't sluggish the relentless incursion of the true international.

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And everything else was under her skin. She ran and the crickets screamed. ” The bushes twisted in the breeze and the bush rats scuttled as she stood there with liquid knees. The stones on the road rolled toward her by themselves. Darkness had always been her friend, something to walk in feeling safe, wrapped up in mystery, the speckled silver of the universe the only light she needed. But tonight the sky was against her. Bats and devils. A skinny moon. Moths and mosquitoes and tumble-fly sifting about her ankles.

Aubrey’s parents, Judith and Wallace (also on the mantelpiece, looking historical and dusty), one of his brothers (the other absent because he didn’t like Africans and particularly ones that were joining his family), an old school friend called Arthur who sprayed spit when he spoke, his new Spanish girlfriend Monica, and a sad old woman at the back in a purple coat who’d wandered in off the street. “Tokhokho,” Ida said to the vicar as he struggled with the three staccato, fearless, perfect Os. ” He couldn’t do it.

Did Nigeria sell nectarines? Would there be a loft and could they take the beanbags because three years was a long time, longer than any place they’d ever been, and there’d definitely be decisions. Were they ever coming back? Were they emigrationing? Ida was behaving as if they were. She kept shopping, every day. She wasn’t in when the twins and Kemy got back from school (Would there be school? ) and Bel had to be their mum and toasted-sandwich provider until Ida came home, laden with plastic bags splitting from the weight.

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