A Private Face is the story of Kate, a part-time nurse in her forties and the mother of two teenagers: James, age sixteen, and Isabel, age eighteen. Kate and her husband, Simon, have recently separated, and James has been skipping classes and failing to turn in his work.
Kate's life is a struggle on many fronts, from her attempts to help James as his rebellion increases, to navigating the breakup of her marriage and moving on, to coming to terms with her spiritual beliefs as a lapsed Catholic. Although she serves as the main narrator, her viewpoint is balanced out by Isabel, who sheds light on events from an older teenager's perspective.
The story deals with aspects of family life that are common in contemporary society, with currents of deeper themes running through it, including an exploration of the way people wear a public face for the world and an inner, private face at home.
A thread of metaphysical phenomena such as clairvoyance and the concept that James might be an "indigo child...sent to teach us new ways" adds layers of intrigue that will keep you turning the pages.
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About the Author
Annie Henry holds a BA in English studies and works as a teacher in Auckland, New Zealand. She enjoys collecting vintage china, adding to the collection given to her by her beloved grandmother.
A Private Face, her first novel, was inspired by her desire to explore the power of words, the contrast between Catholicism and other belief systems, and common situations encountered by parents of teens.