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Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff

Brides Farewell by Meg Rosoff. Pub. Penguin, 2009.

Pell is 17 years old, she is intelligent, singleminded and does not want to settle for the life her mother has.  Her mother has to tolerate a drunken man, has had a child every year of marriage, has a leaky bladder, varicose veins,  is worn out and has breasts like  old wineskins. Why would you want that?

A young man on the estate where she lives, Birdie, wants to marry her and a day is set for the wedding. On the eve of the wedding Pell packs her meagre belongings, saddles her horse Jack, and leaves home. Her younger brother Bean refuses to let her go so she takes him with her.

Thus begins a tale of hardship across southern England at the time of the early Industrial Revolution. Poverty, gypsies, the poor house and unscrupulous men, but in between all that a few gooduns as well. It is Thomas Hardy country and a Thomas Hardy type story, and it is brilliant.

Quality writing from a quality author. Pell is a character that you can’t let go, you care about her and respect her guts an determination and you want the best for her. But will this be the way it ends? You will have to read it to find out and you won’t be disappointed.

Will appeal to secondary school students and to those who have read Meg Rosoff’s other novels.

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