Article published on December 12, 2011.
Tillie Harris is alone in her new house when she feels her first contractions, six weeks before they’re due. In desperation she reaches out to her estranged father for help, but her decision brings with it memories that she’s been running from since she was a little girl. Memories of an eight-year-old self wild and uncontrollable, a disciplinarian father, a cowed brother, a mother, intensely loved but led to disturbing and extreme acts, and the one year when the bonds of family were finally stretched too far. Up from the Blue is a spirited debut from an author boldly following in the footsteps of Lionel Shriver and Mark Haddon.
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