Out of Touch (Hardback)Haleh Agar (author)
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'A must read' Sunday Express
'Heartbreaking and hopeful' Woman's Weekly
'A riveting and captivating new novel about the complexities of sibling relations'
'Raw and hopeful, this book is about what pulls us apart and what keeps us together' Rowan Hisayo Bucahan
'One of those books that had me ignoring my phone, family and sensible bedtimes. Immersive, gorgeously rich and beautifully written. I loved it' Lia Louis
A man hit Ava with his car, a few miles from her bungalow. He brings her flowers in hospital, and offers to do her laundry. He also brings her the letter she dropped that night on the road.
In New York, Ava's brother Michael receives the same letter. He thinks about it as he steps out of the shower into his curtainless bedroom. A naked woman stares at him from the apartment across. They both laugh and cover up with their arms.
Brother and sister cannot avoid the letter: their estranged father is dying and wants to meet. Can they forgive their father, and face each other after all these years apart? Will new unexpected friends offer the advice and comfort they need?
With sharp wit and sensitivity, Out of Touch is a deeply absorbing story about love and vulnerability, sex and power, and the unbreakable bonds of family.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 224 x 146 x 32 mm
One of those books that had me ignoring my phone, family and sensible bedtimes. Immersive, gorgeously rich and beautifully written. I loved it * Lia Louis, author of SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO HAPPY *
A brilliant meditation on the bonds of kinship. Agar delivers this potent, intricate tale with scalpel like precision and tenderness. * Irenosen Okojie, author of NUDIBRANCH *
I love the way Haleh Agar writes about family and cities and parenthood and sex. Ava and Michael felt completely honest to me, finally a story about siblings I believed! Their fractured relationship really touched me and I think lots of people will relate to it * Luan Goldie, author of NIGHTINGALE POINT *
I devoured this brilliant book - it's so wise and astute on families, relationships and the strange ties that bind us. I loved it. * Rachael Lucas, author of THE TELEPHONE BOX LIBRARY *
Out of Touch is a deftly intimate, touching story with crisp prose. In this engaging debut, Agar introduces complex characters and their often painful and always moving pursuit for closure, family, belonging, love, and a place to call home. * Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of REMEMBERED *
MUST READ... [a] moving debut novel. * S MAGAZINE, SUNDAY EXPRESS *
Spanning a year, this thoughtful debut tackles both emotional and physical vulnerability while bravely challenging the orthodoxy that we can overcome anything if we only set our minds to it. It's a sensitive portrait of the prickly awkwardness of relations in a fractured family that finds a way of combining down-to-earth realism with compassion and hope. -- Stephanie Cross * DAILY MAIL *
Heartbreaking and hopeful in equal measures. -- Zoe West * WOMAN'S WEEKLY *
A riveting and captivating new novel about the complexities of sibling relations. * GRAZIA *
I thoroughly enjoyed this great debut about an estranged family, and found the fractured relationships fascinating. -- Nina Pottell * PRIMA *
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