The Long Dry (Paperback)
by Cynan Jones
|Format:||Paperback 132 pages|
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Waking up early to check the cattle, Gareth notices one of the calving cows is missing andsets off to find her before the sun gets too strong. What follows is a search through memory and anxiety about losing what he has as Garethwalks the land looking for the missing cow. Increasingly, the narrative is disturbed by arresting and often brutal imagery as things chipaway at Gareth's patience and the need to find the cow becomes more pressing. The day unfolds, and the cow's behaviour emerges as a metaphor for the relationshipbetween Gareth and his wife Kate as they stumble on desperately in their changing care foreach other. Only the reader is aware of the tragedy that awaits the family a few days down the line,throwing the story into shadow with a terrible poignancy.
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