The way we were / Sinéad Moriarty.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: UK : Penguin Books,
ISBN: 9780241970720 (pbk.) :
Originally published: Dublin: Penguin Ireland, 2015.
When Alice's husband Ben dies suddenly, her world falls apart. They shared 20 years and two daughters and life without him is unimaginable. Having lost her parents while young, Alice understands her girls' pain. At 15, Jools is at that awkward age and only Ben could get through to her; 11-year-old Holly looks for the answer to everything in books but this time she's drawing a blank. For their sakes Alice summons up superhuman reserves of strength and, somehow, all three of them come through the dark days. In time, it's even possible for Alice to consider remarrying. So when Ben turns up after three years, her world is again turned upside-down. The girls assume that their family can go back to the way they were. Alice is not so sure. Once more she must find the strength to be the mother her daughters need her to be. But this time what that means is far from clear.
434 pages ; 20 cm
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