The Way Back to Us
The book about the power of love and family
By Kay Langdale
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.
'Kay Langdale has got the knack of writing books that you carry on sitting in an empty carriage for a few extra minutes to finish, to stay a little longer with her characters' Lucy Dillon (author of A Hundred Pieces of Me)
'There's no doubt Langdale is a wonderful writer, plots beautifully and is brilliant at showing her characters' inner worlds' Daily Mail
What happens when difficult mothering makes you a difficult woman?
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?
Perfect for fans of Adele Parks and Maggie O'Farrell.
'I read the book in one sitting . . . This could well be my book of 2017: so much of the moment, but completely timeless' The Book Bag
. . . And in your words:
'Nothing I can say can go anywhere near conveying how good it is' Vicki D
'This is such a special book and I can't praise it highly enough. It's a must read' Jo
'[Langdale] is educated and clever in her writing . . . This is a valuable book which pulls you right in from the start' Katharine Kirby
'I can't stop thinking about these characters - they feel like real people to me' RatherTooFondofBooks
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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- Publication date:
10 Aug 2017
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Hodder & Stoughton
Kay Langdale has got the knack of writing books that you carry on sitting in an empty carriage for a few extra minutes to finish, to stay a little longer with her characters . . . a detailed portrait of love in its various complicated forms. — Lucy Dillon, author of A Hundred Pieces of Me
Langdale's mesmerising prose had me firmly in its grip . . . this poignant page-turner felt vividly real, making me cry and - ultimately - filling me with hope. I am now off to devour Langdale's backlist. — Katie Marsh, author of My Everything
Langdale's psychological intelligence informs every angle of a thoroughly contemporary tragedy. — The Times on AWAY FROM YOU
A beautiful and insightful writer . . . I loved this book. — New Books Mag on THE COMFORT OF OTHERS