Compulsively neat, obsessively organised, Lily is a writer who writes about writers.
When she is asked to contribute to a book on lost icons, she visits Rita Boothe - photographer, journalist and wit - who took LSD when she was forty and never lived up to her promise.
Rita shows Lily some of her photographs, including one of a beautiful, sexy creature drinking Jack Daniels in a white limousine.
It is Mattie, Lily's mother. Lily stares in wonder and with envy - she wishes she could live with such abandon.
But Mattie is no longer the woman in the limo, and she and Lily's father live in a neglected house with their neglected marriage.
Lily and her siblings want to mend their parents' rift, but Marie's husband has walked out, and Rory avoids coming home altogether.
Unless something happens, the family's going to fade away.
But something is about to happen...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 01/06/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780755300822
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Review by judithann
A great book about an extended family and their problems. A real feel-good book, when it all ends well (as,of course, it does).
Review by chive
Isla Dewar's books are wonderful. They're like sitting in a snuggly sofa with a glass of wine and some chocolate. You immerse yourself in a family which is normal and quirky and argumentative and above all deeply loving. I wish I knew them.