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Octavia Frost is no stranger to life’s twists of fate. She has mourned a husband and a daughter. She has watched her son become a rock star, following his progress through gossip magazines: they have not spoken in four years. And in her own, less spectacular way, she has built a name for herself as a writer. But the news she receives today will make her rethink everything. And though the situation seems bleak, it could give her a chance to redeem the mistakes she’s made in the past. She may still have time to bring her own story to a different ending.


Inventive and gripping...Parkhurst handles the quest formula with originality and humour
<i>Literary Review</i>
One of those rare novels...that intrigues, pulls on the heartstrings and confuses you all at once
<i>Time Out</i>
A shimmering fictional portrait of love and loss
Mesmerising and unusual...The book is beautifully written and, alongside thriller-like elements, packs a powerful emotional punch
<i>Good Housekeeping</i>
Captivatingly strange...perilously adorable
<i>New York Times</i>
Wonderfully inventive and slyly funny
Alexei Sayle, <i>Telegraph</i> Book of the Year
A charming, tender study in grief
Marian Keyes, <i>The Week</i>