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The Way Back to Us

By Kay Langdale

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Perfect for readers of Adele Parks and Maggie O'Farrell, The Way Back to Us is a powerful, heart-breaking novel about modern life and all its challenges.

'I am a mess of tears on the train. Can't remember the last time a book broke my heart so much...' (Lucy Dillon on Away from You) Perfect for fans of Adele Parks and Maggie O'Farrell.

Since their youngest son, Teddy, was diagnosed with a life-defining illness, Anna has been fighting: against the friends who don't know how to help; against the team assigned to Teddy's care who constantly watch over Anna's parenting; and against the impulse to put Teddy above all else - including his older brother, the watchful, sensitive Isaac.

And now Anna can't seem to stop fighting against her husband, the one person who should be able to understand, but who somehow manages to carry on when Anna feels like she is suffocating under the weight of all the things that Teddy will never be able to do.

As Anna helplessly pushes Tom away, he can't help but feel the absence of the simple familiarity that should come so easily, and must face the question: is it worse to stay in an unhappy marriage, or leave?

Biographical Notes

Kay Langdale is the author of seven novels: The Way Back to Us, The Comfort of Others, Away From You, Choose Me, Her Giant Octopus Moment, What the Heart Knows (Rowohlt, Germany) and Redemption (Transita; published as If Not Love by Thomas Dunne Books.) Visit Kay's website at www.kaylangdale.com. Follow her on Twitter: @KayLangdale.

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  • ISBN: 9781473618367
  • Publication date: 10 Aug 2017
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
I am truly sorry that it has taken me this long to discover such a talented and insightful writer because I absolutely adored THE COMFORT OF OTHERS . . . [it] is a perfect blend of friendship and the importance of forgiveness. I will certainly be seeking out more from Kay Langdale in the future... — Bookaholic Confessions
A beautiful and insightful writer . . . I loved this book so much . . . I savoured every word of it. — newbooksmag
A harrowing back story blends in with a modern tale of displacement; bringing a perfect novel of gentle friendship and respect . . . If you are a fan of Maggie O'Farrell or enjoyed the wonderful Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey, this is the perfect read for you. It is a book written with beautiful words, endearing characters and is a tale of trust and mutual respect, no matter what your age... — Bleach House Library, Book Review Blog
Praise for Kay Langdale's other novels — :
I am a mess of tears on the train. Can't remember the last time a book broke my heart so much . . . — Lucy Dillon, author of A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME on AWAY FROM YOU
Langdale's psychological intelligence informs every angle of a thoroughly contemporary tragedy. — The Times on AWAY FROM YOU
Reading it on the train I had to fight not to sob in public . . . Langdale is a wonderful writer — Daily Mail on AWAY FROM YOU
Kay Langdale has managed to blend a heartbreaking story with one filled with hope, humour and honesty . . . She is an author that deserves more attention. She writes with genuine feeling, delightful prose and gives the reader a satisfying experience while connecting with her characters. Bordering contemporary and literary fiction, she is definitely one to check out. Ideal for fans of Maggie O'Farrell or Anna McPartlin. — Bleach House Library, Book Review Blog on CHOOSE ME
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