This is a love story.
A mother tells her new-born child about the events the led to the child’s birth. Her stories are about long-term illness, loneliness and grief. About being afraid to love somebody, and about daring to do so anyway.
The novel explores existence with an unsual vulnerability and an excellent eye for the things that make us able to connect to others, and the things that make it impossible.
"A wonderful, balanced book about the love between mother and child … She writes beautifully about insufferable physical pain, and grippingly about the relief that only a baby can give"
"A novel which grows stronger by close reading and which will enrich the reader … a sophisticated form and a vivid portrait … a novel with a lot of wisdom"