A secretive child by nature, Susanna makes a covert list of everything she knows about her absent father, determined that one day she will find him. Unable and unwilling to adapt to life in her mother’s unsympathetic household, she distances herself as much as possible.When she finally discovers her father’s whereabouts and seeks him out, in the free and unconventional atmosphere of 1970s Chelsea, she conceals her identity, beginning an illicit affair that can only end in disaster.Repeat it Today with Tears is in many ways a traditional love story, as well as a skilful evocation of radical times and desires. It is a fever dream that examines our need to be loved and accepted and a piercing portrait of madness. Anne Peile is a striking new voice in fiction. – Publishers Website
First of all, let me say that the subject matter is more than just disturbing. That is why it has taken me so long to publish this review. I have mulled it over and over in my head about how I was going to broach the subject of the book, and decided to just get it over and done with. It isn’t an awful book by any means. The main plot is one that will have you asking yourself about your morals and values as it had me, for such a long time.
Anne’s writing is wonderful, the context of the book is well in a word shameful, taboo, not talked about. I am not sure whether or not that was the reason she wrote this novel, but the main topic is something that wouldn’t be talked about in regular circles if you understand. I apologize for being so cryptic, I don’t like to give away the plots of books, it is a sad story of a girl and her long-lost father who reunite when she is 16, as time goes by, well, you will understand what I mean if you buy the book and read it.
It was long-listed for last years Orange Prize 2011.
I’d love to add more stuff to the review, but I have searched far and wide and haven’t found anything.