The Outcast

The Outcast

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Lewis Aldridge is just 10 years old when he loses his mother. Neglected by his distant father and new stepmother, he can't help but let the grief inside him grow. When he is 17, that pain explodes in an incendiary act of destruction. After serving two years in prison, Lewis returns to a family that does not know how to face him and a town that wishes he would have stayed away. On the outskirts of post-war London, Waterford seems the perfect hamlet. But beneath its polished surface fester cruelty and violence. Lewis is determined to redeem himself, but his efforts are stymied. His stepmother's attempt to make amends goes dangerously awry, and his relationship with his new boss's daughters reveals unimaginable secrets. In this brilliant debut Sadie Jones tells the story of a boy who refuses to accept the polite lies of a tightly knit community that rejects love in favor of appearances. Written with nail-biting suspense and cinematic pacing, The Outcast is an emotionally powerful evocation of post-war provincial English society, and a remarkably uplifting testament to the redemptive powers of love and understanding.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 347 pages
  • 137 x 204 x 22mm | 231g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061374040
  • 9780061374043
  • 622,584

Back cover copy

In 1957 Lewis Aldridge, newly released from prison, returns home to Waterford, a suburban town outside London. He is nineteen years old. A decade earlier his father's homecoming at war's end was greeted with far less apprehension by the staid, tightly knit community--thanks to Gilbert Aldridge's easy acceptance of suburban ritual and routine. Nobody is surprised that Gilbert's wife counters convention, but the entire community is shocked when, after one of their jaunts, Lewis comes back without her.

No one in Waterford wants Lewis back--except Kit, a young woman who sympathizes with his grief and burgeoning rage. But in her attempts to set them both free, Kit fails to foresee the painful and horrifying secrets that must first be forced into the open. The consequences for Lewis, his family, and the tightly knit community are devastating.
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Review quote

"Riveting...A superb debut novel about repression, rebellion, and moving on...The tension in THE OUTCAST is palpable and sensuous, beating loudly beneath the tranquil surface of Jones's calm prose, and Lewis never disappoints in his fight for an 'after' that is happy and shame-free."--Elaina Richardson, O magazine
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9,019 ratings
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4 37% (3,334)
3 30% (2,725)
2 9% (848)
1 3% (256)
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