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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
The Outcast SADIE JONES SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2008 ORANGE BROADBAND PRIZE Lewis is just out of jail and on his way home at the beginning of this story. He is a lonely and maligned figure who in the past has drank to excess and self harmed. The people of the village distrust him and he struggles to adjust to conventional life. Ten years before his idyllic life with his mother was disrupted when his father returned from the war. When Lewis’s mother is drowned in a tragic accident, his downhill spiral begins. Finally the hypocrisy of the village community is revealed and Lewis is redeemed by love. 18