When I was eighteen, my father fell off a cliff. It was a stupid way to die. John Venton's drunken fall from a Devon cliff leaves his family with an embarrassing ghost. His twin children, Morwenna and Corwin, flee in separate directions to take up their adult lives. Their mother, enraged by years of unhappy marriage, embraces merry widowhood. Only their grandfather finds solace in the crumbling family house, endlessly painting their story onto a large canvas map. His brightly coloured map, with its tiny pictures of shipwrecks, forgotten houses, saints and devils, is a work of his imagination, a collection of local myths and histo-ries. But it holds a secret. As the twins are drawn grudgingly back to the house, they discover that their father's absence is part of the map's mysterious pull. The House at the Edge of the World is the compellingly told story of how family and home can be both a source of comfort and a wholly destructive force. Cutting to the undignified half-truths every family conceals, it asks the questions we all must confront: who are we responsible for and, ultimately, who do we belong to?
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""When I was 18, my father fell off a cliff. It was a stupid way to die." Narrator Avita Jay captures the bitterness of Morweena Venton, who scorns her drunken father's fall. Equally poignantly, Jay embodies Morweena's depressed twin, Corwin. The protagonists create the oppressive and secretive tone of this character-driven story. Over decades, questions emerge: Was their father's death suicide or murder? What secrets are hidden in the map their grandfather continually paints? As Morweena and Corwin piece together clues, the story turns mysterious, even darker, and occasionally mythic. Jay's portrayals of minor characters--the sulky mother and artistic grandfather--form an atmosphere that sharpens the twins' determination to uncover the truth. The story is slow to start--but worth the wait. S.W. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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