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B&W 6 x 9 238 pages ISBN 9780993307003 Contemporary Women's Fiction Published May 2015
FINALIST for the 2016 People’s Book Prize and Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award.
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A warm, funny, compellingly assured fiction debut by an award-winning filmmaker.
"A wonderful, poignant and witty story about the life, loves and struggles of a young woman with learning difficulties." Jill Fraser, Director and Founder of Kissing It Better Healthcare Charity
"Local author's debut novel manages to combine a sensitive subject with Black Country Humour". 'Waterstones Loves', Waterstones, Walsall
Jaya, 18, is growing up. To Izzie's alarm, all her daughter wants from life is to get married and have babies. This creates a moral dilemma for Izzie. How she can continue to protect Jaya whilst at the same time letting her go?
Life as the single mum of a learning-disabled teenager is tough. But for Izzie, the boundless love she feels for her beautiful, sparky daughter is reward enough in itself,
fuelling the energy she pours into fighting her child's corner.
With little prospect of meaningful employment or continuing education for Jaya, Izzie wonders if perhaps finding a 'suitable husband' via an arranged marriage wouldn't be so crazy. But when Jaya falls head over heels for a teaching assistant in her college's Special Educational Needs department, it sets in motion a disastrous sequence of events which turns things around in a way that nobody could ever have foreseen.
This poignant, witty story of a mother's quest to help her learning-disabled daughter find love will appeal to readers of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time and Nathan Filer's The Shock Of The Fall.