The shocking new novel from the bestselling author of the Adrian Mole series.
This much beloved author and wry humorist makes a bold departure in her most recent work of fiction. Sue Townsend retains her biting wit and uncanny powers of observation to create a portrait of two English couples whose lives converge by way of a neglected child. Christopher Moore hasn't seen his beloved Angela for seventeen years, since she refused to marry him and aborted the child they conceived on a Paris holiday. He is now jobless and lives mostly in the past. Angela has since married and doubled her weight. They both still dream of their unborn child.
When Christopher makes the acquaintance of a drug addict and his unfortunate wife and baby, his unresolved feelings for Angela and the child he so desired resurface, setting in motion events that will lead to redemption for all four characters. Ghost Children is an unflinching look at the psychological aftermath of abortion, told with poignancy and a sense of hope.
|Publisher:||Soho Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.11(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.58(d)|
About the Author
Sue Townsend is one of Britain's favourite comic authors. Her hugely successful novels include eight Adrian Mole books, The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman (Aged 55¾), Number Ten, Ghost Children, The Queen and I, Queen Camilla and The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, all of which are highly-acclaimed bestsellers. Sue passed away in 2014 and is survived by her husband, four children, ten grandchildren and millions of avid readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After a few pages I wasn't sure I wanted to go on, it started out on a very disturbing level but it didn't stay there, and turned into a good book. It was many different peoples stories all rolled into one so if you're the kind of person who doesn't like a book flipping back and forth between charaters you might not like this one.
One cold and windy morning, Christopher Moore stumbled upon a garbage bag filled with aborted foetuses. The sight of a tiny, naked and unwanted child was enough to send him reeling back through time to the woman who left him and the baby they had conceived seventeen years ago. He sets out to find the truth. His reunion with Angela Lowood rekindles a love that never died, forcing Angela to review her own loveless marriage. A rendezvous at a dinghy little café connects them to a Satan worshipping couple whose brashness and brutality leads to the abuse of their innocent child, thus providing the opportunity for the protagonists to realise their dream in raising one. This novel, sated with painful issues and troubled characters, offers a beguiling drama concerning one of today¿s controversial concern ¿ the rising amount of deliberate abortions. It is very bleak and dark, engrossing and absorbing. The characters were creepy and unfeeling; none radiated warmth and affection. Christopher¿s love for Angela comes out warped and twisted and Gregory the spurned husband turns out to be a pathetic wreck. Townsend delivers a stark and depressing narrative while defending children¿s rights. As I turned the last page of the book, utter sadness and disgust enveloped me.