A rom-com with added OCD, ADDITION is a unique and witty debut novel.
Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts. The letters in her name (19). The steps she takes every morning to the local cafe (920). The number of poppy seeds on her orange cake, which dictates the number of bites she'll take to eat it. Grace counts everything, because that way there are no unpleasant surprises.
Seamus Joseph O'Reilly (also a 19) thinks she might be better off without the counting. If she could hold down a job, say. Or open her cupboards without conducting an inventory, or leave her flat without measuring the walls.
Grace's problem is that Seamus doesn't count. Her other problem is . . . he does.
As Grace struggles to balance a new relationship with old habits, to find a way to change while staying true to herself, she realises that nothing is more chaotic than love.
Toni Jordan was born in Brisbane in 1966. She loved reading and writing at primary school but by high school had become a science nerd. She has worked as a sales assistant, molecular biologist, quality control chemist and marketing manager. In 2004 she quit her job to study writing and began working on her debut novel, ADDITION.
In 2008, ADDITION was a Richard and Judy summer read and in 2009 was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award (the Australian Booker). ADDITION has been translated into eight languages.
Toni lives in Melbourne with her husband.