A searing and provocative tale of misguided love and its inevitable consequences
How do you make a life for yourself when all you have are lies?
Growing up in a sleepy town with parents who adore her, it’s difficult to understand why Frances is the way she is: friendless, manipulative and at times very cruel. But once she leaves home for boarding school, a different Frances begins to emerge as she starts to question everything that she had accepted as normal: her beloved father, her overbearing mother, her grandmother who refuses to speak – her whole white-picket fence life.
When uncomfortable truths finally emerge, will the family be able to survive?
Iman Verjee won the 2012 Peters Fraser & Dunlop/City University Prize for Fiction for her debut novel In Between Dreams, which she wrote whilst completing an MA in Creative Writing at City University. Prior to studying in London she studied psychology at the University of Alberta in Canada, where she lived for six years. She now lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
‘Lyrically written, emotionally explosive, the story of Frances is one that will continue to haunt the reader’s thoughts long after the last page is finished... an astonishing and artful debut by an unusually gifted young writer.’