Old Crow Author:Shena Mackay There is a savage poetry to this short novel that tells the violent, impressionistic story of an English village belle, Coral Fairbrother, who is seduced one innocent day by an itinerant painter. Having thus fallen from the village's grace, Coral plummets into ever greater depths of disgrace. The village, whose women once envied her, whose men c... more »oveted her, now mocks and rejects Coral. Their leering tolerance soon turns to evil. And at last the villagers join a malicious widow in the all-out persecution of this girl who has never, consciously, done any harm.
Like a folk tale, Coral's story moves with unadorned speed to its inexorable conclusion; like a folk tale it encompasses all of mankind, leaving the reader with a haunting memory as deep, as poignant as a personal experience.« less