Nestled among cherry trees in a picturesque country garden, the Gingerbread House resembles an illustration from an old-world storybook.
But beware! For in the fairy-tale, that's where the witch lives...Away from the city, with no distractions, the Gingerbread House seems like the perfect place to start work on a novel.
That's what former advertising copywriter Tess thinks when she goes there to live with Eleanor, her aged mother-in-law.
But Eleanor is suffering from dementia, and caring for her proves tougher than Tess could ever have imagined: feeling increasingly isolated, her only comfort is wine o'clock and weekend visits from her husband.
Meanwhile her teenage daughter Katia is helpless to intercede; in the end she can only watch as things fall apart and a tragedy even closer to home surfaces. The Gingerbread House is a deeply moving novel: a compassionate and occasionally wickedly funny tale of a family's agonising struggle with dementia.