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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Gibsons Public Library FIC JOHN (Text) 30886000723557 Adult Fiction Hardcover Volume hold Checked out 04/02/2019

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  • ISBN: 9781910702345 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 263 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2018.

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Words are important to Gretel, always have been. As a child, she lived on a canal boat with her mother, and together they invented a language that was just their own. She hasn't seen her mother since the age of sixteen, though -- almost a lifetime ago -- and those memories have faded. Now Gretel works as a lexicographer, updating dictionary entries, which suits her solitary nature. A phone call from the hospital interrupts Gretel's isolation and throws up questions from long ago. She begins to remember the private vocabulary of her childhood. She remembers other things, too: the wild years spent on the river; the strange, lonely boy who came to stay on the boat one winter; and the creature in the water -- a canal thief? -- swimming upstream, getting ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but go back.
Subject: Canals > England > Oxford > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.

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