by Lesley Atherton
Imagine being Edward - ex-hippy, free-thinker...now old and unwell.Imagine losing your wife and child.
Imagine doing this voluntarily because you know you're no good for them.Imagine losing yourself in counterculture.
Imagine losing yourself in your home.
Imagine being Edward's daughter who discovers him again after many years of being told he was dead. Imagine discovering you have a half sister. Imagine having to clear up Edward's mess: his huge, unfathomable mess.Edward is a hoarder, and his two daughters must help him before it is too late.Past. Present. Tense is a novel about desperation, relationships, love and discovery.
Past Present Tense
- "I think the sensuality of the woman's condition of craving... not just food... but stimulation to prove life in a secure way is brilliant. It is evocative of Sartre's Nausea with its descriptions of existentialist angst
and the fear of being adrift on a turbulent sea without anchor and also the devaluing of self by trying and failing to live up to other's expectations.
The present is indeed tense. I'm looking forward to
PS The 'Peace' quilt has a strong breath of [the author]" - PL"Can't put it down. The ironing is suing me for neglect. All the creased blouses have folded their arms in disgust and the sheets are pale with rage.You have such tremendous insight into those feelings of loss and psychic connection. Thank you Lesley. This work is literary as well as being the work of a born storyteller" - PAT"Good pace. Takes its time to reflect in intriguing fashion.""May not suit readers of the 'Wham Bam' genres. Will suit readers wanting more depth and more 3D characterisation. A lot of interior verbalisation and feeling.""Motifs ; Sartrean existential angst. No way to anticipate direction of story because of unpredictability of players.""Fear, insecurity. anxiety. loneliness v aloneness. strong but vulnerable characters causing conflict within and outwardly.""House belonging to Edward, another 'character' in its own right, reflects mental turmoil and needs at the time. For father it is an anchor to a wavering reality. It is a symbolic order (in a Kristevian sense ) but a symbolic disorder. Abject. Revolt. Chaotic thoughts and action or non-action."