Is love worth dying for? When Alis's parents reveal that she has been chosen to marry a man of forty, she is distraught - how can such an unnatural marriage be right? She abandons her life in the oppressive community where she has been brought up and flees to the city in search of freedom, only to find herself caught up in events beyond her control. Will Alis's decision to defy her parents have fatal consequences, not just for her, but for everyone who tries to help her, including the boy she loves?
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(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Andersen Press Ltd
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This compelling, briskly paced tale of a girl's flight from her home to escape an arranged marriage is ultimately too skimpy on details to be completely satisfying. Alis, a sheltered but intelligent young woman, sets out to find her long-lost brother after learning that her parents have promised her in marriage to their Community's much older Minister. Her experiences on the run and in a brutal, unnamed city season her and eventually, believing that a boy with whom she has fallen in love has died, set her on a course toward home. Written in a clean, unadorned style, Alis's story is deftly plotted, twisting and turning in unexpected ways and meditating on feminist themes. The deliberate ambiguity of the setting works at first, but wears thin as it becomes clearer that the mystery of where and when events are taking place will remain one. Particularly undeveloped is the flimsy prophetic construct of Alis's forced marriage. The answer provided for why Alis's otherwise loving parents would promise her so seems tacked on and unconvincing. (Fiction. 13 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Naomi Rich
Naomi Rich was awarded a BA in English Literature from Newnham College, Cambridge, and a PGCE from Manchester University. For many years, she taught English at St Paul's Girls' School in London. Alis is her first novel, although she has enjoyed writing from a young age. She is particularly interested in seventeenth century Puritanism, as well as nineteenth century novels and medicine.