Having moved from the Fens to the Midlands to the Scottish Borders, Jessie Noon finds herself struggling to leave the past behind. Following a family tragedy, Jessie Noon moved from the Fens to the Midlands and now lives in the Scottish Borders with a cat, a dog and - she is convinced - a ghost in the spare room.
Her husband walked out almost a year ago, leaving a note written in steam on the bathroom mirror, and Jessie hasn't seen her son for years.
When Jessie meets Robert, a local outreach worker, they are drawn to one another and begin a relationship; meanwhile, Jessie has begun receiving messages telling her I'm on my way home. As a translator, Jessie worries over what seems like the terrible responsibility of choosing the right words.
It isn't exactly a matter of life and death, said her husband, but Jessie knows otherwise.
This is a novel about communication and miscommunication and lives hanging in the balance (a child going missing, a boy in a coma, an unborn baby), occupying the fine line between life and death, between existing and not existing.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 192 pages, No
- Publisher: Salt Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/05/2018
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781784631406