The Pearl-fishers by Robin Jenkins.
Hi all, first of all I didn’t know where to post this. The Pearl-fishers was first published in 2007. It was published posthumously, as Jenkins died in 2005 aged,92. So in this respect it could be included in the contemporary fiction section, however, I think it is unknown when he wrote it. So purely by what the book is about I have put it here.
When beautiful pearl-fisher Effie Williamson arrives in a rural Scottish village with her grandparents and siblings, the residents react in many different ways from hospitable warmth to outright rejection, exacerbated when the religious Gavin Hamilton takes the family into his home
( blurb pasted from Amazon )
Simply excellent. Like all of Jenkins’ books I have read so far, the ease with which they can be read is a treat. Easily could have read this book in an hour. Essentially it is a love story set in the Highlands of Scotland.
From the first page I liked the character of Gavin Hamilton. But Jenkins dealt with him quickly and did not overstate his character, for I believe this tale belonged to Effie. With Effie comes the main theme of prejudice. I liked the way Jenkins dealt with the prejudice, giving it from the perspective of the moral majority and from Effie’s views on herself.
Jenkins’ character creation is one of his strong points. The characters created in this tale are perfectly crafted. It is simply written and a joy to read.