By Lex Coulton
A witty and moving novel about finding things where you least expect them
Frances Pilgrim's father disappeared without trace when she was five. Now, her mother is slipping away, and she is starting to feel herself vanishing too.
She needs to talk to somebody. Ideally, to Jackson: fellow teacher, confidante, dedicated hedonist, erstwhile best friend.
Only they haven't spoken since what happened between them that night in the summer.
And here she is, at thirty-bloody-nine, surrounded by school girls, with their sugary perfume and flying ponytails, breathless with money and freedom and the unmarked years ahead of them.
And there is so much that is missing, so much that needs to be found . . .
Lex Coulton studied English, and later Creative Writing, at Oxford. She spent fourteen years teaching English in secondary schools before taking a sabbatical year in Paris, to focus on her writing. She has recently been awarded the Literature Works First Page Prize (2015) and the Thresholds International Feature Writing Prize (2016), and her short fiction is due to appear this year in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology, the literary magazine Shooter and the London Journal of Fiction. Lex grew up in Herefordshire, and has recently returned to live there with her husband, John, and their dogs Bazil and Sadie.
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14 Jun 2018
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