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When Peter Minuit bought Manhattan for $24 in 1626 he showed his shrewdness by also buying the oyster beds off tiny, nearby Oyster Island, renamed Ellis Island in 1770. From the Minuit purchase until pollution finally destroyed the beds in the 1920s, New York was a city known for its oysters, especially in the late 1800s, when Europe and America…
For a few brief hours Holly is alone at last. Then her sisters silent ghost appears, and haunts Holly with ruthless determination. Her cousins arrive, full of promises and secrets. The foot-and-mouth epidemic erupts, and gangs of slaughtermen begin to maraud the countryside. As the pyres blaze, Holly has to find out how far shes prepared to go for a life that is truly her own.
A gripping and darkly comic tale of loss, haunting and the search for identity in a world on fire.
'Central Reservation is a beautifully written, moving and truly original book' Christie Dickason, novelist and poet
'Central Reservation is a dazzling puzzle piece, an exploration of the relationship between grief and guilt, self and other.This disordered world, where a fatal accident happens in a second of irritation, and the dank smell of death clings everywhere, is a curiously funny diagnosis of the state of England.It's also a delicately observed comedy of family manners and a coming-of-age story' Professor Hannah Sullivan, Stanford University
'This is a writer to watch' Meg Rosoff, novelist