It is my dearest wish, that after so long apart, I am able to bring this family together for my wedding day.
This house. This family.
Mary has raised a family in this house.
Watched her children play and laugh and bicker in this house.
Today she is getting married in this house, with all her family in attendance.
The wedding celebrations have brought fractured family together for the first time in years: there’s Phoebe and her husband Michael, children in tow.
The young and sensitive Rosie, with her new partner.
Irene, Mary’s ex-mother-in-law. Even Emma, Mary’s eldest, is back for the wedding – despite being at odds with everyone else.
Set over the course of an English summer’s day but punctuated with memories from the past forty years of love and loss, hope and joy, heartbreak and grief, this is the story of a family.
Told by a chorus of characters, it is an exploration of the small moments that bring us to where we are, the changes that are brought about by time, and what, despite everything, stays the same.
‘A vivid, family saga, rich in character and detail’ – Ericka Waller
‘A masterfully composed, perfectly observed family chronicle that feels utterly real in its evocations of grief, anger and love’ – Emma Hughes
‘Brilliantly plotted, deftly written and oozing with sophisticated style…it’s what everyone will be reading this summer’ – Annie Garthwaite
‘A compelling portrait of modern family politics…a must read for anybody (everybody!) who’s loved and despaired over their nearest and dearest. I loved it’ – Aingeala Flannery
‘Extraordinary. So elegant, compelling and beautifully written… a vivid and insightful exploration of the complexities of sisterhood, adulthood, desire and grief’ – Daisy Buchanan
‘A smart yet tender page-turner. Kate Sawyer makes the reader feel as though they have a seat at the family table’ – Erin Kelly
‘A tender yet vivid novel in both form and voice, its threads as bright as the tapestry of life it depicts. I lived, laughed and ached for these characters throughout. A superb accomplishment’ – Wiz Wharton
‘Feels like the ultimate eavesdropping exercise, it’s satisfying fresh and expertly structured. The penultimate chapter will make you shriek. I loved it’ – Alexandra Heminsley
‘Subtle, intelligent, and so deeply moving…people who just feel so achingly real. Extraordinary’ – A.J. West
‘Intriguing, gripping, moving – this deserves to be HUGE’ – Marian Keyes
‘Messy, complicated joyful characters and relationships that sneak into your heart and make you care … a bittersweet, deftly woven, captivating portrayal of a mother and daughters’ – Jennifer Saint
‘Beautiful and compelling…the most complex of dynamics are handled with the lightest, deftest touch…masterful’ – Laura Kay
‘Every nuance of mother and daughters and sister relationships is vividly explored. Beautifully written, it expertly weaves the past with the present, building the tension, so you have to turn the pages’ – Georgina Moore
‘Kate Sawyer is an extraordinary, original writer…an immersive and absorbing read – I could not put this book down’ – Aliya Ali Afzal