Maggie O'Farrell

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This is a book about motherhood, memory and longing. It entwines two timelines and two sets of characters.

Lexi’s story begins in the late 1950s and spans around 20 years. Elina’s story is set around 2007, and takes place over a much shorter period (a few months). Both women are unconventional, creative and living at a distance from their birth families. Both are surprised by the intensity of their feelings when they become mothers. They will turn out to have more than this in common, though they never meet.

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