Hope for Newborns

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ISBN 9780571238224 Format Paperback
9780571238224
Paperback
Published 04/06/2009 Length 304 pages
304

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Twenty-nine-year-old Lewis's family are the definition of dysfunctional: his brothers, living estranged and unknown lives in Texas and Toronto, his mother, confined in her self-imposed silent state in a room full of fish and amphibians and his father, at work in the Victory Barber Shop where customers are surrounded by souvenirs of wartime Europe. And Lewis, caught between working at a recruitment agency, helping his father out in the barbers and keeping his mother in touch with world news.

But when he receives an email out of the blue from Christy, an old school friend, he is intrigued by her society for Hope for Newborns. Compared with the murkiness of home, the promises of her manifesto - freedom through friendship and love through sacrifice - appear so luminous, and the chance of romance so tangible.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lewis's family are the definition of dysfunctional: his brothers, living estranged and unknown lives in Texas and Toronto, his mother, confined in her self-imposed silent state in a room full of fish and amphibians and his father, at work in the Victory Barber Shop where customers are surrounded by souvenirs of wartime Europe. And Lewis, caught between working at a recruitment agency, helping his father out in the barbers and keeping his mother in touch with world news. But when he receives an email out of the blue from Christy, an old school friend, he is intrigued by her society for Hope for Newborns. Compared with the murkiness of home, the promises of her manifesto - freedom through friendship and love through sacrifice - appear so luminous, and the chance of romance so tangible.
  • About Rodge Glass

    Rodge Glass is originally from Cheshire but has lived in Scotland since 1997, where he graduated from Glasgow University with an MPhil in Creative Writing. He writes for The Herald and is a regular contributor to a number of other magazines. He is twenty-nine years old and Hope for Newborns is his second novel. His first novel, No Fireworks, was published in 2005 and was shortlisted for four awards. His biography of Alasdair Gray will be published in Autumn 2008.

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