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Looking For Eliza

Leaf Arbuthnot

4 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A widow grieving the loss of her husband puts up adverts to 'Rent a Granny' in an attempt to reconnect with people... it's not until she finds Eliza, a student recently free of an abusive relationship, that she truly starts to feel less alone. For readers who enjoyed ELIZABETH IS MISSING, TIN MAN and THREE THINGS ABOUT ELSIE.

Ada is a widowed writer, navigating loneliness in Oxford after the death of her husband. She has no children. No grandchildren. She fears she is becoming peripheral, another invisible woman.

Eliza is a student at the university. She finds it difficult to form meaningful relationships after the estrangement of her mother and breakup with her girlfriend.

Can they find what they are looking for in each other, and cast off their isolation for good?

An exquisite story of connection and loss, and how a person can change another person's life. Full of heartache yet joyful and life-affirming, this is for fans of Sarah Winman and Joanna Cannon, with a wry observation that will appeal to readers of EXPECTATION and NORMAL PEOPLE.

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Praise for Looking For Eliza

  • Beautifully rendered, thoughtful and original

  • A love story of intergenerational friendship that is perfect for these divisive times. Leaf's writing is warm and lyrically funny - she has an eye for details both sublime and ridiculous. Looking for Eliza is an intelligent and big-hearted read with the human condition at its core.

  • A wonderful story about the redemptive power of an unexpected friendship. Leaf's characters are fresh, engaging and beautifully drawn. A marvellous read.

  • Clever, warm and funny

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