The extraordinary first novel from the author of THE OTHER HAND.
You aren't stupid.
You know there's no such thing as a perfect mother.
Plenty of other books will tell you there is, but this one won't lie to you.
I was weak and I cheated and I was punished, but my god I loved my child through all of it.
Love means you never break, and it means you're stronger than the things they do to you. I know this is true because I have been through fire, and I am the proof that love survives.
I am not a perfect mother but I will tell you the perfect truth, because this is you and me talking.
This is my story.
Stunning... a haunting work of art. - Newsweek
Chris Cleave has the ability to create moving and beautiful scenes within a terrifying backdrop. I couldn't put it down; it's subversive, thought-provoking and well-written. - Observer, Books of the Year
Richly sardonic and often disarmingly poignant... How can one fail to be impressed and moved? - Guardian
Cleave's heroine is by turns funny, sad, flawed, sympathetic, both damaged and indomitable, and triumphantly convincing. - Sunday Telegraph
Stunning - New York Times AND International Herald Tribune AND Bookmarks Magazine
This is a compulsive read, sure to stir the dust - CITY AM
Searing.. poignant and compelling.. Utterly believable and mesmerizing - Newsday
Dark, tense and undeniably provocative - Metro
Chris Cleave is a New York Times #1 bestselling novelist whose books are published in forty countries. His debut novel INCENDIARY won the Somerset Maugham Award, among others. His second, the Costa-shortlisted THE OTHER HAND, was a global bestseller and sat in the New York Times Top Ten for over a year (under the US title, Little Bee). Both books were shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prizes. He lives in Kingston-upon-Thames with his wife and three children, and welcomes readers at facebook.com/ChrisCleaveBooks, www.chriscleave.com and twitter.com/chriscleave.