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Nancy Jansen is the beating heart of her family.
She is the centre around whom many lives turn.
But Nancy has a new role:
Everybody can be happy, Nancy believes, so long as they can be kept apart.
But when these lives start to overlap, collision becomes inevitable, with consequences for all…
'I inhaled the book, really, in one long, cool, quenching breath... it is written with such linguistic and emotional precision - not a word or thought out of place - and its examination of what it means to love honestly and truthfully, both as an individual and as part of a marriage and a family, had me utterly gripped from the first paragraph. Few other novels have absorbed me so fully this year. It deserves to do very well and I’m sure it will.’
a beautifully written page turner of a book
Hourston’s novel carries shades of Louise Doughty and Zoe Heller but what sets her aside is her skillful handling of the parent and child relationship, and the changing bond as the youngster matures.
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