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The Language of Others

by Clare Morrall

The narrative voice alters from first to third person as the reader is taken backwards and forwards through the far from ordinary life of Jessica Fontaine. A difficult but satisfying journey that mirrors Jessica's own puzzled search from age 7 to 45 - but you will have to read the book to find out what Jessica is looking for and whether she finds it.

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He released the pressure suddenly so that I nearly fell over, and smiled, charming again. 'It's all right,' he said gently. 'Don't cry.'
He held his arms out and I stepped into them, my cheeks hot against the rough fabric of his jacket. 'We need each other Jess. We're not like other people. No-one else would have us.'

Parallels

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The Country Life by Rachel Cusk
 

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