The Awkward Age

Francesca Segal

The Awkward Age
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The Awkward Age

Francesca Segal

‘Francesa Segal is precise and funny, and The Awkward Age is brimming with keen observations of the highest order–the clever, the sore, and the sublime.’ Emma Straub In a Victorian terraced house, in north-west London, two families have united in imperfect harmony. After five years of widowhood, Julia has fallen deeply, unexpectedly in love. James is everything she never knew she wanted - if only her beloved teenaged daughter, Gwen, didn’t hate him so much. At the very least, Gwen could be civil to James’s son, Nathan. Bringing together two households is never easy, but Gwen’s struggle for independence will test her mother’s loyalty, and her unexpected actions will threaten this fragile new happiness. The Awkward Age is about the new family; about starting over, about the attempt to build something beautiful amid the mess and complexity of what came before. It is a story about standing by the ones we love, even while they hurt us. We would do anything to make our children happy. But how much should we give?

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