'There's a trick to time. You can make it expand or you can make it contract. Make it shorter or make it longer . . .'
Some moments you want to last forever. Some moments shape a life.
For Mona, it's the joy of playing on the beach as a young girl, next to her family's cottage overlooking the Irish sea. The thrill of moving to the big city, with a new job and a room of her own in a busy Birmingham boarding-house. Falling in love with William, his easy smile and his open face. A whirlwind marriage; a sudden tragedy; a fresh start in a new town. And now, decades later, Mona meets another man, hoping to find love again.
Mona knows that every moment is precious. But can we ever let go of the past that shaped us?
'Devastatingly emotional. De Waal's storytelling gives us the poetry and sorrow of life itself' Financial Times
'Weaving tragedy and joy, big themes and the minutiae of life, this is a love story to take on the classics' Emerald Street
'An emotionally sure-handed novel exploring harrowing terrain with deft sensitivity' Sunday Times