This Is Yesterday
By Rose Ruane
An evocative and sharply impressive debut about family secrets and female identity by talented young novelist Rose Ruane
Alone and adrift in London, Peach is heading into her mid-forties with nothing to show for her youthful promise but a stalled art career and a stopgap job in a Mayfair gallery she's been doing for a decade.
She is too smart and independent to believe her unhappiness will be cured by a relationship and a baby, too sad and lonely to break her cycle of drunken hook ups and nervous breakdowns. She is too young to feel this tired, and far too old to feel this lost.
When Peach is woken one night with news that her father, who has Alzheimer's disease, is in intensive care, she can no longer outrun the summer of secrets and sexual awakenings that augured twenty-five years of estrangement from her family. Now, as they all gather in the hospital, past and present collide, forcing Peach to confront the consequences of her actions and inactions throughout the years.
This Is Yesterday is a story of a woman's relationship with her art, her body and desires, her memories, herself. It is a story of beginning, ending and becoming.
Rose Ruane was originally a visual artist working in performance, sculpture, drawing and video. Stories and language were always part of her art practice, but as the written word crept further and further into her art and gradually edged out making and performing, she had to admit that she had become a writer instead. She undertook the MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University, and subsequently won the Off West End Adopt a Playwright award in 2015. She writes plays, makes podcasts, performs spoken word and occasionally still has a go at drawing and making things just to see if she still can. She lives in Glasgow with her ever-expanding collections of twentieth century kitsch and other people's letters, postcards and photographs.
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06 Jun 2019
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