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My Only Story: A stunning tale of redemption filled with humour and heart

Monica Wood

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

For readers of A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, this is a bittersweet and moving tale about sharing your heart and your story, and coming to terms with the past, by the acclaimed author of THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY.

MY ONLY STORY is a moving, funny and bittersweet novel by Monica Wood, the acclaimed author of THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY, sure to appeal to fans of Sarah Winman, Anne Tyler and Maggie O'Farrell.

'Wood's command of voice holds a reader all the way through to the last page' San Francisco Chronicle

Rita Rosario has a gift, a way with people. She listens to them and really sees them for who they are - warts and all. Women, even men, come to Rita's beauty shop for perms, town gossip, and makeovers of their very lives.

John Reed first appears to Rita in one of her dreams. When they meet at a town gathering a few days later, she immediately offers him a haircut, and a heart. As they share stories, Rita helps John fill a void by reconnecting him to his only family - a young niece he nearly lost in a heart-breaking tragedy.

While inspiring John out of loneliness and into reconciliation, Rita begins to come to terms with events in her past... and discovers things about herself she never realised, including her own intimate role in John's unfolding story.

What readers are saying about MY ONLY STORY:

'Monica Wood is a beautiful writer and can convey complex emotions in the most beautiful and simple ways. The book stays with you long after you finish it, as do the characters'

'An enchanting book. Wood's mastery of the language creates beautiful, sometimes poetic prose. Her ability to express both human pain and human hope is very refreshing. This book is a treasure'

'One of the best kept secrets of the literary world'

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Praise for My Only Story: A stunning tale of redemption filled with humour and heart

  • A thoroughly captivating book: warm and wise and beautifully written

  • [An] accomplished new novel... Wood's command of voice holds a reader all the way through to the last page - San Francisco Chronicle

  • One of the best novels I've read in the past year... A small gem to be read, reread, and, yes, treasured - The Roanoke Times

  • Luminous... Monica Wood has brilliantly captured the human need to love, the heart's desire to nurture, the soul's urge to sacrifice

  • A wonderful book, a luminous and...lasting work of fiction that tells its story superbly - Maine Sunday Telegram

  • At once bittersweet, funny, and moving, this finely written romantic novel is well suited for a summer afternoon's read - Library Journal

  • Praise for THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY: 'Beautifully written, cleverly constructed, at times hilariously funny and ultimately deeply affecting - this should be a smash' - Sunday Mirror

  • Clever, intricate plot, beautifully sketched characters and life-affirming message of self-discovery - Stylist

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Monica Wood

Monica Wood is an award-winning, bestselling novelist and memoirist. Born in Maine, New England, to an Irish Catholic family, she worked as a guidance counsellor and in a nursing home before becoming a full-time writer. She is also a singer, and travelled the New England circuit singing jazz, country, pop and gospel for many years. She lives in Maine with her husband.

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