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The Outcast

by Sadie Jones

The Outcast
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    Mar 2008, 352 pages
    Apr 2009, 368 pages

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An emotionally powerful evocation of postwar provincial English society and a remarkably uplifting testament to the redemptive powers of love and understanding

The Outcast is the story of Lewis Aldridge, a troubled nineteen-year-old just returning to his family after a two-year stint in prison. Much of the book relates the series of events that eventually lead to Lewis's arrest, with the last third relating the aftermath of his homecoming.

The novel's framework is the 1950s middle-class stereotype which both American and UK readers will find familiar. The husband goes off to work every day; the wife's chief responsibilities are to look good and meet her spouse at the door with a drink and a smile when he returns. There are parties in the garden, tennis matches on the lawn, and everyone goes to church on Sunday. Jones deftly describes these clichéd scenes, but always with an eye toward exposing the hypocrisy that lies just below the ...

About the Author

Sadie Jones was born in London, England, the daughter of a poet and an actress.  Her father, Evan Jones, was born in Portland, Jamaica in 1927.  He grew up on a banana farm, eventually moving to the United States, and from there to England in the 1950s.  His most widely acclaimed work is "The Song of the Banana Man".  Sadie's mother, Joanna Jones, was featured as an extra in various television series, including The Avengers.

As a young woman, Sadie opted out of attending university, preferring instead to work an assortment of odd jobs (video production, temping, waiting tables) and to travel.  After visiting America, the Caribbean and Mexico, Sadie settled in Paris, where she taught English and wrote her first screenplay.  She ...

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