Bill Clegg explores the idea of family - the ones we are born with, the ones we create - through his story of loss and love, fracture and forgiveness.

On the morning of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s house goes up in flames, destroying her entire family - her present, her past and her future. The novel is a gathering of voices, and each testimony has a new revelation about what led to the catastrophe - Luke’s alienated mother Lydia, the watchful motel owners, their cleaner Cissy, the teenage pothead who lives nearby - everyone touched by the tragedy finds themselves caught in the undertow, as their secret histories finally come to light.

The Man Booker Prize 2015
Published by
Jonathan Cape
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