The expulsion from school of their eldest son shatters the middle-class secutiry of Maggie, a writer, and Charlie, a journalist. Since childhood, Toby has been diffident and self-absorbed, but the threat of drug taking and his refusal (or inability) to discuss his evident unhappiness, disturbs them sufficiently to seek professional help. Veering between private agony and public cheerfulness, Maggie and Charlie struggle to support their son and cope with the reactions- and advice- of friends and relatives. Noted for the acuity with which she reaches into the heart of relationships, Nina Bawden here excels in revealing the painful, intimate truths of a family in crisis. Toby's situation is explored with great tenderness, while Maggie's grief and self-recrimination are rigorously, if compassionately, observed. It is a novel that raises fundamental questions about parents and their children, and offers tentative hope but no tidy solutions.Her eyes had gone dark and she lay back on the pillows as if she suddenly felt tired. My father picked the ... I tried to think of funny things to make her laugh. I said one day that it must feel peculiar, feeding a baby, all that milk squirting out like a water pistol. But she didna#39;t even ... She said, in quite a different voice, soft and coaxing, a#39;Have you thought what youa#39;d like for your birthday?a#39; My birthday was aanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Birds On The Trees|
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2011-05-05|