A novel about parenthood and sacrifice, from the acclaimed author of CHOOSE ME and HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT.
The heartbreaking novel from the author of CHOOSE ME, about the sacrifices parents must make and the anguish that can befall them.
When Monica is offered a three-month placement in LA, she knows that for the sake of her career she must accept it - even though it means leaving behind nine-year-old Ruby, toddler Luca and her husband Daniel.
She hires Ursula as a housekeeper and nanny during her absence, although the older woman is oddly reluctant to agree to a childcare position. What is the dark secret in Ursula's past, which has left her so closed-off and reserved? Will her growing attachment to Ruby bring it to the surface? And will Monica regret leaving the children in her care?
I just finished Away From You and I am a mess of tears on the train. Can't remember the last time a book broke my heart so much... This haunting and beautifully written novel about love will linger in your mind long after you've turned the final, satisfying page. - Lucy Dillon, author of A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME on AWAY FROM YOU
Reading it on a train, I had to fight not to sob in public... Langdale is a wonderful writer, plots beautifully and is brilliant at showing her characters' inner worlds. - Daily Mail on AWAY FROM YOU
Langdale's psychological intelligence informs every angle of a thoroughly contemporary tragedy. - The Times on AWAY FROM YOU
Atmospheric and provocative, Kay Langdale's novel is a masterpiece in the art of disquietude... and in it Langdale touches on an extremely challenging, but worthy subject.... The end result is a deft portrait of acceptance and salvation. - We Love This Book on AWAY FROM YOU
A compelling exploration of the nature of grief. Like Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, the novel is imbued with an insidious sense of evil countered by the redemptive nature of love... A moving tale of motherhood and morality. - Oxford Times
Readable, poignant . . . the author's skill is to woo the reader into empathising with conflicting viewpoints - The Sunday Times on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT
'Thought-provoking' ***** - Woman's Own on HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT
An endearing child-heroine and a controversial moral question make HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT a must-read - Good Housekeeping
Kay Langdale is the author of seven novels: The Way Back to Us, The Comfort of Others, Away From You, Choose Me, Her Giant Octopus Moment, What the Heart Knows (Rowohlt, Germany) and Redemption (Transita; published as If Not Love by Thomas Dunne Books.) Visit Kay's website at www.kaylangdale.com. Follow her on Twitter: @KayLangdale.