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Extinctions (Paperback)

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Family dysfunction, abuse, and the fear of change keep Frederick and Caroline stymied until they learn to rebuild the bridges of their pasts to move forward into the future.  A moving novel that compassionately explains how people carry pain and then free themselves, often with help from unexpected people.

— Andie



He hated the word 'retirement', but not as much as he hated the word 'village', as if ageing made you a peasant or a fool. Herein lives the village idiot.

Professor Frederick Lothian, retired engineer, world expert on concrete and connoisseur of modernist design, has quarantined himself from life by moving to a retirement village. His wife, Martha, is dead and his two adult children are lost to him in their own ways. Surrounded and obstructed by the debris of his life - objects he has collected over many years and tells himself he is keeping for his daughter - he is determined to be miserable, but is tired of his existence and of the life he has chosen.

When a series of unfortunate incidents forces him and his neighbour, Jan, together, he begins to realise the damage done by the accumulation of a lifetime's secrets and lies, and to comprehend his own shortcomings. Finally, Frederick Lothian has the opportunity to build something meaningful for the ones he loves.

Humorous, poignant and galvanising by turns, Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction - natural, racial, national and personal - and what we can do to prevent them.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781742588988
ISBN-10: 1742588980
Publisher: University of Western Australia Press
Publication Date: December 20th, 2016
Pages: 300
Language: English