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Amazing Grace Adams
by Fran Littlewood
Grace Adams’s life is falling apart. She’s forty-five – the unhappiest age you can be, according to the Guardian – perimenopausal, filled with self-contempt and today she is losing it properly! Stuck in gridlocked traffic in a London heatwave, burning with fury and a raging hot flush, she has finally had enough. Grace gets out of her car and simply walks away.
Grace sets off across London, armed with a £200 “Love Island” cake, to win back her estranged teenage daughter on her sixteenth birthday. Because today is the day she’ll remind her daughter that no matter how far we fall, we can always get back up again. Because Grace Adams used to be amazing. Her husband thought so. Her daughter thought so. Even Grace thought so. But everyone seems to have forgotten. Grace is about to remind them . . . and, most important, remind herself.
Funny and sad and much deeper than you expect.
A tragicomic character that middle-aged women can celebrate . . . It’s a tale of giddy love, thwarted ambitions, devastating loss, the dangers of 21st-century adolescence, the horrors of the menopause and how badly language can let us down . . . Littlewood writes with ferocity and compassion about Grace’s all-too-believable agonies and the impossibility of spinning all the plates that modern life expects us to manage. Read it and weep (then cheer) – The Times
Amazing Grace Adams takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of female rage, loss and resilience. A rip-roaring, empowering story of redemption, discovery and starting over. And the more emotional moments are peppered with so much humour, you find yourself laughing and crying at the same sentence…. a glorious tragicomedy. – Daily Express
Fran Littlewood has written a magnificent novel. Grace Adams is everywoman – filled with promise, trepidatious in love and eventually, a besotted mother. Amazing Grace Adams is a fully realized story of catastrophe and joy, grief and love, and the hidden chambers of the human heart that carry the best and worst of our experience. A stunning debut. – Adriana Trigiani
Funny, moving and at times absolutely heart-breaking, it had me captivated until the very last page. – Liane Moriarty