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Missing Nancy

Carolyn Lewis

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A stunning debut novel about living, loving and family life

Nancy may have died but her fractured family still turns to her for guidance. When ex-daughter-in-law and single mum, Nina, takes her two boys camping in France, her plan is to ‘find herself’. Her journey is one many readers will relate to and they may find they learn as much about themselves as the very varied and lively characters that Carolyn Lewis has created.

Jonathan knows that his mum's relaxed attitude to mothering infuriates Frank, his granddad, and he tries to be the buffer between them. But Nina’s problems with Frank go deeper, she knows the true state of Frank and Nancy’s marriage before she died.

Determined to make sense of what she’s doing with her life, Nina embarks on a spur of the moment camping holiday in France, which makes Frank more convinced than ever that she is incapable of looking after his grandson. Throughout the holiday, Jonathan telephones his granddad to tell him of their exploits, except for the one fateful evening when he goes missing.

Nina, Frank and Jonathan continue to talk to Nancy. She remains at the centre of their lives, and, instinctively, they know what she expects of them.

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