I Refuse

I Refuse

Large Print - 2018 | Large print edition
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Norway, 1960s: Tommy's mother has gone. She walked out into the snow one night, leaving him and his sisters with their violent father. Without his best friend Jim, Tommy would be in trouble. But Jim has challenges of his own which will disrupt their precious friendship... Decades later, the two meet again by accident on a bridge - Jim is fishing, and Tommy is driving by in his expensive new Mercedes. The fateful day that ensues brings back a torrent of unsummoned memories that defined the adults they would eventually become, and reveals past misunderstandings. The idea of friends who act like family, and family who become foes - and the shifting currents between them - is the crux of this story of friendship, abuse, loss and forgiveness.
Publisher: Leicester : 2018. Thorpe, Charnwood,
2014. ,
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781444838398
Branch Call Number: LT PETT
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don


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Feb 16, 2016

This book, which explores the themes of time and friendship, carries a big emotional punch.

athompson10 May 03, 2015

Very bleak and spare. The story of two broken men, estranged childhood friends, and damaged families.

Dec 18, 2014

It took me a while to get into this novel and at one point almost gave up- but I am glad I didn't. I found it rather absorbing and was drawn into the lives of the two main characters who had been inseparable friends as kids but hadn't seen each other for 30 years. Slowly their lives and hidden fears and problems are revealed in a series of flashbacks. Being translated from Norwegian I was totally unfamiliar with place names, environment and the overall physicality of the novel- but was not put off. Well worth the time.

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