Sunday, 17 May 2015
Thicker Than Soup
It explores a whole range of emotions and challenges within the lives of its characters.
There is Sally Lancing, the daughter of an English mother and an immigrant from Pakistan, and John Sommers, a son of adoptive parents, who is greatly loved by them.
A surprise pregnancy, which brings about some questions as to the paternity of the child, throw the two into different, but separate lives.
Sally is destroyed by the loss of her job, her partner, even her home. So she decides to take her infant son to Pakistan so that they can meet with her father's family members.
What she sees shocks her and challenges everything she thought she knew.
John, meanwhile has his own problems that he attempts, with some success, to hide.
But the situation that developed has raised old and previously buried concerns and problems within him and he takes the decision to embark on an equally fraught journey, a journey as long as that taken by Sally and her son, but long in emotional rather than physical terms.
And yet there were still ties that bind, including the tie of the boy, Sammy.
It's a moving story of multiple layers that shimmer and glimmer in the various lights that are shone upon them.
It is a book of love, of fidelity, of infidelity and pathos.
It is published by Matador at £8.99 and is, of course, available through the That's Books and Entertainment book shop which is powered by Amazon.