The Consequences of Love (Hardback)Gavanndra Hodge (author)
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Raw and powerful yet sensitively written, Hodge’s fearlessly honest account of familial dysfunction and the fallout from her younger sister’s tragic early death is a richly rewarding read.
Seven-year-old Gavanndra Hodge's life is a precarious place. Her father is a hairdresser and drug dealer to Chelsea's most decadent inhabitants; her mother an alcoholic ex-model. So, it is up to Gavanndra to keep her little sister Candy safe.
But when Candy dies suddenly on holiday aged nine, Gavanndra's family, already so fragile and damaged, implodes.
Now a mother herself, and with only memories of Candy's awful final moments, Gavanndra embarks on a journey to write her way back to the little girl whose death tore her family apart.
The Consequences of Love is a story of loss and recovery, trauma and memory. It is a joyous and compelling account of the strength of the love between sisters and how nothing is ever truly lost if we are brave enough to return to where we began.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 453 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 31 mm
'Beautifully written and utterly heartbreaking… a courageous attempt at coming to an accommodation with loss. It’s also an inspired, at times bleakly comic narrative about living in a family so spectacularly dysfunctional that it could have formed the basis of a book in its own right.' - The Guardian
'The Consequences of Love is Hodge’s reckoning that this show is no longer worth it; that no performance can last a lifetime. Beyond that, it reaches no conclusions on any of the issues it addresses: not how to deal with bereavement, nor substance-addled parents, or suppressed grief.' - The Telegraph
'Gavanndra writes beautifully, her words are unsentimental but very lyrical [...] I loved this book and my tears fell into the bath as I read it.' - Clover Stroud, author of My Wild and Sleepless Nights
'I read this in one sitting, tears splashing onto its pages. A beautiful book about grief, losing a sibling, trauma, drugs, parenting & memory in the most exquisite way. Please everyone read it.' - Emma Gannon, podcaster, author of Olive
'This is one of the best books I've read about grief - and the catastrophic consequences of addiction. Exquisitely written. Profoundly moving.' - Robert Peston
'I read it in one sitting without pause. It is an astonishing book. I haven't stopped thinking about it.' - Charlotte Edwardes, columnist for Sunday Times Style Magazine
'There are books - and then there are books that you'll never forget reading. A quite extraordinary memoir.' - Becky Barrow, News Editor of The Sunday Times
'Brilliant and moving.' - The Times
'Brave and beautifully written.' - Elle
'This book is genuinely extraordinary.' - Eleanor Wood
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