Life is tough for 40-year-old solo mother Maggie, a home help caregiver. Her three children are all giving her a hard time, especially Bevan, who's in trouble with the police. But when she's assigned a musician in a wheelchair to care for, something new enters her life. Maggie's a singer, Tim a fine guitarist. They'll make music together, but tragedy is just around the corner. Then it's Mother's Day, and Maggie and her family gather . . .
This touching new novel from Laurence Fearnley contains many gems of warmth, affection, love and hope. It confirms her position as one of New Zealand's finest writers.
'There are not many other New Zealand fiction writers who can bear comparison with Annie Proulx.' Iain Sharp, Sunday Star-Times
'It is Fearnley's prose that woos you, precise in its observations and judicious in its use of dialogue. It's the kind of writing you don't really notice, which makes it rare, and such a pleasure.' Margot White, Next