Fade into You (Paperback)Catriona Child (author)
It’s 1994, Kurt Cobain has just died, and teenager Alex is spending the summer working in her Aunt’s Bed and Breakfast in rural Argyll. The village pace of life is slow compared to home in Edinburgh and Alex resigns herself to a quiet summer spent serving breakfasts and making beds. Everything changes however once she meets the twin brothers who live next door.
Spanning the next fifteen years of Alex’s life, Fade Into You is a love letter to growing up in Scotland in the 90s and 2000s. Set against a backdrop of T in the Park and the war in Iraq, soundtracked by Britpop and Grunge mixtapes, with the sweet taste of tablet, it is a novel about growing up and growing apart. It explores the intensity of childhood friendships, how they change as we get older but how they never really leave us.
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
Number of pages: 288
As shocking as it may be for some of us, the 1990s are now part of history. Catriona Child’s ‘Fade Into You’ embraces this and promises to evoke heady nostalgia in those who were there, and offer a step back in time for others. ALISTAIR BRAIDWOOD, ‘Ten Books for 2023’, SNACK MAGAZINEMusic-obsessed Alex’s world is about to change…set against a backdrop of T in the Park, this bittersweet tale will delight music fans. SCOTS MAGAZINEWritten with depth and sensitivity, Fade Into You is a beautifully crafted novel that captures the essence of growing up in a changing world. Whether you’re a fan of Scottish fiction, coming-of-age stories or simply looking for a captivating read, this book is sure to leave you spellbound. KELLEY LACY, Award-winning book-bloggerA nostalgic journey through the 1990s and 2000s as a group of friends take the leap from teenage life to adulthood. KEVIN QUINN, Edinburgh Evening NewsIt’s a moving, insightful and thoughtful read which touches upon subjects such as mental health, grief, and that move from the keenly felt teenage years into what inevitably becomes wearier, and often more cynical, adulthood. Although Child is too good a writer to paint anything as black and white; she knows it’s in the grey areas where the real stories are told. Fade Into You will take you back to your own teenage years, no matter when they were, and remind you of the good and bad times growing up and the songs that saved you. ALISTAIR BRAIDWOOD, Snack MagazineI never expected to be left with so many thoughts. It’s left me thinking about the people I’ve known growing up, those that are still around and those that have drifted away. ADAMTRIESBOOKSCatriona Child’s Fade Into You embodies this nostalgic feeling in a coming-of-age novel documenting the increasingly mercurial changes of the late 1990s and early 2000s; changes paralleled in the contemporary music and the choices in our naive and often awkward teenage protagonists make… A beautifully raw, sometimes funny, other times bittersweet, novel. SCOTTISH FIELDIt reads like a time capsule in many ways, and it’s not just the music, it’s the telly, it’s the food, it’s everything. NICOLA MEIGHAN, The Afternoon Show, BBC Radio ScotlandThe soundtrack to Alex’s falling in and out of love is certainly a strong point of this story… Best of British Magazine
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