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The Clay Girl

Heather Tucker

Vincent Appleton smiles at his daughters, raises a gun, and blows off his head. For the Appleton sisters, life had unravelled many times before. This time it explodes. Eight-year-old Hariet, known to all as Ari, is dispatched to Cape Breton and her Aunt Mary, who is purported to eat little girls . . . With Ari on the journey is her steadfast companion, Jasper, an imaginary seahorse. But when they arrive in Pleasant Cove, they instead find refuge with Mary and her partner Nia. As the tumultuous '60s ramp up in Toronto, Ari is torn from her aunts and forced back to her twisted mother and fractured sisters. Her new stepfather Len and his family offer hope, but as Ari grows to adore them, she's severed violently from them too, when her mother moves in with the brutal Dick Irwin. Through the sexual revolution and drug culture of the 1960s, Ari struggles with her father's legacy and her mother's addictions - testing limits with substances that numb and men who show her kindness. She spins through a chaotic decade of loss and love, the devilish and divine, with wit, tenacity, and the astonishing balance unique to seahorses. The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force that traces the story of a child, sculpted by kindness, cruelty and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families - the one she's born in to and the one she creates.

Vincent Appleton smiles at his daughters, raises a gun, and blows off his head. For the Appleton sisters, life had unravelled many times before. This time it explodes. Eight-year-old Hariet, known to all as Ari, is dispatched to Cape Breton and her Aunt Mary, who is purported to eat little girls . . . With Ari on the journey is her steadfast companion, Jasper, an imaginary seahorse. But when they arrive in Pleasant Cove, they instead find refuge with Mary and her partner Nia. As the tumultuous '60s ramp up in Toronto, Ari is torn from her aunts and forced back to her twisted mother and fractured sisters. Her new stepfather Len and his family offer hope, but as Ari grows to adore them, she's severed violently from them too, when her mother moves in with the brutal Dick Irwin. Through the sexual revolution and drug culture of the 1960s, Ari struggles with her father's legacy and her mother's addictions - testing limits with substances that numb and men who show her kindness. She spins through a chaotic decade of loss and love, the devilish and divine, with wit, tenacity, and the astonishing balance unique to seahorses. The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force that traces the story of a child, sculpted by kindness, cruelty and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families - the one she's born in to and the one she creates.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Vincent Appleton smiles at his daughters, raises a gun, and blows off his head. For the Appleton sisters, life had unravelled many times before. This time it explodes. Eight-year-old Hariet, known to all as Ari, is dispatched to Cape Breton and her Aunt Mary, who is purported to eat little girls . . . With Ari on the journey is her steadfast companion, Jasper, an imaginary seahorse. But when they arrive in Pleasant Cove, they instead find refuge with Mary and her partner Nia. As the tumultuous '60s ramp up in Toronto, Ari is torn from her aunts and forced back to her twisted mother and fractured sisters. Her new stepfather Len and his family offer hope, but as Ari grows to adore them, she's severed violently from them too, when her mother moves in with the brutal Dick Irwin. Through the sexual revolution and drug culture of the 1960s, Ari struggles with her father's legacy and her mother's addictions - testing limits with substances that numb and men who show her kindness. She spins through a chaotic decade of loss and love, the devilish and divine, with wit, tenacity, and the astonishing balance unique to seahorses. The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force that traces the story of a child, sculpted by kindness, cruelty and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families - the one she's born in to and the one she creates.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Morgan Hallett

Length:

11h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

12:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

17:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

19:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

11:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

53:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

18:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

22:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

11:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

11:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

18:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

17:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

15:20


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

20:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

23:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

10:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

28:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:33