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Cover artist  Emma Parker
Publication date  1993 (UK), 1995 (US)
Pages  320
Author  Tim Pears
Genre  Fiction
3.7/5 Goodreads

Language  English
Media type  Print
Originally published  1993
Page count  320
Country  United Kingdom
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Publisher  Hamish Hamilton (UK) Donald I Fine (US)
Similar  In a land of plenty, A Revolution of the Sun, Blenheim Orchard, Landed, The Horseman

In the Place of Fallen Leaves is Tim Pears' debut novel, published in 1993. It won the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award in 1993 and the Hawthornden Prize in 1994.

Contents

Inspiration

On his website, Tim Pears reveals that the novel is set in the Devon village where he grew up (Trusham on the edge of Dartmoor) He had written many 'appalling' poems in his twenties then adapted one into a story; this liberated him and he never wrote another poem; just stories which eventually became this, his first novel. He cites his other influences as Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Marc Chagall’s paintings of the Russian Pale, Mikhail Sholokhov’s tales of Don Cossacks, and New Zealander Vincent Ward’s film Vigil.

Plot introduction

It is set in the long, hot summer of 1984 in an isolated Devon village on the edge of Dartmoor where thirteen-year-old Alison is growing up, the youngest member of a farming family. The story covers scenes from Alison's own life as well as those of her neighbours, siblings, parents and grandparents.

Reception

  • 'By turns elegiac, moving and extremely funny, Pears is also unafraid to muscle up his formidable powers of Proustian evocation. An extraordinarily promising debut' - Time Out
  • Reminiscent of Faulkner and Garcia Marquez, the writing retains a very English scale ... A triumph ... Sensitive, heart-warming and hallucunatory; - Financial Times
  • 'In the Place of Fallen Leaves is more perfect than any first novel deserves to be' The Observer
  • References

    In the Place of Fallen Leaves Wikipedia


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