The Boy in the Field

The Boy in the Field

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"One September afternoon in 1999, teenagers Matthew, Zoe, and Duncan Lang are walking home from school when they discover a boy lying in a field, bloody and unconscious. Thanks to their intervention, the boy's life is saved. In the aftermath, all three siblings are irrevocably changed. Matthew, the oldest, becomes obsessed with tracking down the assailant, secretly searching the local town with the victim's brother. Zoe wanders the streets of Oxford, looking at men, and one of them, a visiting American graduate student, returns her gaze. Duncan, the youngest, who has seldom thought about being adopted, suddenly decides he wants to find his birth mother. Overshadowing all three is the awareness that something is amiss in their parents' marriage. Over the course of the autumn, as each of the siblings confronts the complications and contradictions of their approaching adulthood, they find themselves at once drawn together and driven apart."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062946393
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 22 cm

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laphampeak
May 04, 2021

Here we have a story of three young Lang family members finding a seriously injured "boy in the field". Livesey has written a tender story of how these teenagers navigate their world at a time of discovery- their search for truth, love, and answers to life's questions. The father refers to his dad dying and how the house seemed empty even when all were home. "We were just pretending to be ourselves." "What did that mean, Duncan thought. He pictured his father and Granny wearing masks just like their faces, speaking in voices that were almost, but not quite, their own." It's less about the story and more about the words that speak.

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johnjamison
Nov 10, 2020

Good read nice escape from the politics and troubles of 2020

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katroh
Oct 24, 2020

This is not a long story. But it is as long as it needs to be. You learn enough about the characters that you become invested in them. You want them to be okay. The prose is wonderful. It is so spare but complete in it’s details. It makes you think of what it would be like to see or find someone who was a victim of foul play and makes you wonder how your life would be impacted moving forward. I’ve never though of that before, until now.

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Inner_Typewriter
Sep 24, 2020

I loved the Lang family. Even their dog, Lilly. Reading this novel is like looking at snap shots in a family photo album. Each photo tells its own story of a family falling to pieces. Nicely done. Recommended.

JCLPiepieB Sep 22, 2020

A gentle book, with threads of sadness and reconciliation running throughout. Not a lot of action.

And no, Lily the dog doesn't die ;)

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brangwinn
Aug 23, 2020

I love how a quiet story can engage the reader. Focusing on three teenage siblings, Livesey has created a coming of age story set in a small English village close to Oxford. When Matthew, Zoe and Duncan find a boy, bloody and unconscious, lying in a field as they return home from school, while there is a mystery about what happened, the story is more about how it impacted their lives. What I appreciated most about this book, is the ability of Livesy to get inside the head of all three of the teens. Yes, they are siblings, but they are all different. And I am so glad she didn’t leave me hanging. In the end I got to celebrate the adults these three, along with Karel, the boy in the field, grew into.

debwalker Aug 11, 2020

When, in a heartbeat, your teenage life turns in a new direction....

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