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From the prize-winning author of FIRST LOVE comes an eviscerating account of a toxic mother-daughter bond, grief, and the damage done in the course of a life.
'What a phenomenal ear she has, and how remorselessly funny she is - My Phantoms is unmissably good' - Kevin Barry, author of Night Boat to Tangier
Bridget's mother is dying. An extrovert with few friends who has sought intimacy in the wrong places; a twice-divorced mother-of-two now living alone surrounded by her memories, Helen (known to her acquaintances as 'Hen') has always haunted her daughter.
Now, as together they approach the end, Bridget looks back on their tumultuous relationship - the performances and small deceptions - and tries to reckon with the cruelties inflicted on both sides. With so little time left, can these two warring women find a bruised accord?
'[A] wonderful combination of achingly sad and subversively funny, simultaneously sharp and tender, and always finely observed. The dialogue is pitch perfect. The relationships are agonising. It's a subtle book, with big themes lightly drawn and precisely rendered, about how to live and how to love.'
- Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane
- Publisher : Granta (1 April 2021)
- ISBN-13 : 978-1783783267