By Maggie O'Farrell
Sophisticated, clever, very unlikely to place down, Maggie O’Farrell’s beguiling novels—After You’d long gone, winner of a Betty Trask Award; the space among Us, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; The Hand That First Held Mine, winner of the Costa Novel Award; and her unforgettable bestseller The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox—blend richly textured mental drama with page-turning suspense. directions for a Heatwave reveals her on the most sensible of her online game, with a unique a few relatives difficulty set throughout the mythical British heatwave of 1976.
Gretta Riordan wakes on a stultifying July morning to discover that her husband of 40 years has long past to get the paper and vanished, cleansing out his checking account alongside the best way. Gretta’s 3 grown teenagers converge on their parents’ domestic for the 1st time in years: Michael Francis, a historical past instructor whose marriage is failing; Monica, with stepdaughters who despise her and a blighted previous that has pushed away the more youthful sister she as soon as loved; and Aoife, the youngest, now residing in long island, a wise, immensely imaginitive younger girl who has prepared her complete lifestyles to hide a devastating mystery.