Gatehouse New Fictions #2 & #3: And the Years Rolled By at an Alarming Rate by Nicola Daly + Lantern Evening by Amanthi Harris
Gatehouse New Fictions Bundle: And the Years Rolled By at an Alarming Rate by Nicola Daly + Lantern Evening by Amanthi Harris
On And the Years Rolled By:
A lifetime's desire and loss flickers in and out of focus in this searching debut. New Fictions winner, Nicola Daly, cuts to the heart of how we remember and how we forget. With its precision and observational wit, Daly's warm but uncompromising prose draws us into a story of how, in the end, a relationship's imperfections, disappointments and failures can hold less power over us than the enduring presence of love.
On Lantern Evening:
‘No one knows what it’ll be like, Baby. You have to trust me. And I have to trust you.’
Nearing her due date, Ria worries about the kind of mother she will be, fearing she lacks the maternal instincts of other women. All the while she reflects on her childhood in Sri Lanka, her parent’s dysfunctional relationship, and the Vesak celebrations when their marriage fell apart.
As we move between that fateful evening and the final days of her maternity, Lantern Evening reminds us that it is in weakness and vulnerability that parenting is often at its most effective. Amanthi Harris’s debut acts on the reader like a lantern in the night sky: shining companionship in uncertainty, offering steady faith in a brighter tomorrow.
'A beautiful, affecting, delicately written narrative that subtly and constantly blurs the boundary between the ordinary and the momentous.' – Amit Chaudhuri