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This is a British book about three women who live together - a 17 year old daughter Charlotte, her 34 year old single mother Karen and her grandmother Nan who has dementia. It is narrated in first person alternating between the three women though primarily the daughter and mother. One warning though this book contains descriptive teen sex scenes and deals with such themes as teen pregnancy, adoption, and a brief (though very disturbing) mention of child abuse. Overall a very good story about mother/daughter relationships and how they relate to each other.
This is a excellent novel, in which the author shows incredible insight into contemporary life through the eyes of three different generations of women, occasionally enriched with nostalgia.
The text is at times painfully true, often very funny, with the odd dash of irony for good measure.
The actress does a fantastic job of reading it, and reads each character in a distinct way and is quite simply, brilliant (in the words of the youngest woman Charlotte)
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This is a serious book - filled with fun and laughs as well as bitchiness -
about life, adoption, love, abortion, divorce, dementia, reconciliation, death...
As I started to read I thought what a load of tosh - this is for kids - then I hit
gold and never looked back. It is about kids, and mothers, and grandmothers
and families, The narrative is in three voices - Karen(mum) Charotte (teenager)
and Nan (Gran). And Kate Long is a wonderful writer - great fun and eloquent.
Listen carefully so you know who is speaking. It's important.
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