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The Discomfort of Evening – Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

This was brilliant, but brutal. Narrated by ten year old Jas in the aftermath of her older brother’s sudden death in an ice skating accident, The Discomfort of Evening is a portrait of grief, loneliness, and adolescence in a strict religious farming community ravaged by unspoken trauma and a turn of the century outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. It is graphic, desolate, haunting, and every page makes you squirm. Just when you think it can’t get any darker, the ending slams down hard. I can’t wait to read future works by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, they’re a fantastic writer.