Narrated By: Devon Sorvari
Duration: 8 hours and 54 minutes
What to expect
Little Miss Sunshine meets About a Boy in this piercingly bittersweet novel which shows how the most meaningful love can last a lifetime.
Willow’s mother Rosie isn’t like the other mums. She’s wears every colour of the rainbow, has midnight feasts, and sends Willow to school covered in paint.
Meanwhile, Rex is the sort of father who checks Willow’s homework, has a rule for everything, and would never dream of playing in the dirt.
Now Rosie and Rex live in different places, Willow knows her mum needs her even more. But Rosie’s multi-coloured way of looking at the world can be overwhelming. These days, it feels like Rosie is spinning off her axis – and taking Willow with her. As if, one day, Rosie might disappear for good.
And what would happen to Willow then?
Modern & contemporary fiction
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‘A brilliant and beguiling debut exploring the highs and heartbreaking lows of love. Sparkling, insightful and honest, the Thorpe family's powerful story will stay in my thoughts for a long time.’
Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
‘What a wonderful, emotional ride! It's like the Ordinary People of the 21st century…such an achievement!’
Robyn Carr, NYT#1 bestselling author of What We Find
‘Heartbreaking and beautiful all at once, this novel is a stained glass window pieced together from shards of broken family life, sweet memories, mental illness, chaos, love, and pain that create an illuminated picture of what it means to survive one's childhood.’
Bunmi Laditan, author of Confessions of a Domestic Failure