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Summary

Elijah, seven years old, is covered in scars and has a history of disruptive behaviour. His adoptive mother Nikki believes that she and her husband Obi are strong enough to accept his difficulties - and that being white will not affect her ability to raise a black son.

Elijah's birth mother Deborah loves her son like the world has never known. Elijah thinks it's his fault they can't be together. Each of them faces more challenges than they could have dreamed, but just as Elijah starts to settle in, a shocking event rocks their fragile peace and the result is devastating.

From the Costa Prize-winning author of Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, this wonderful new novel is read by Adjoa Andoh, the award-winning voice of novels by Dorothy Koomson and Alexander McCall Smith.

©2013 Christie Watson (P)2013 WF Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Funny, heartbreaking and utterly real: the characters lodge in your imagination long after you finish the book" (Costa Award judging panel on Tiny Sunbirds Far Away)

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BRILLIANT!!!!

I loved the story from beginning to end. Could not put it down. The characters were so believable. it was thought provoking and told the story from so many angles. The narrator was brilliant. I hope the story helps to challenge our thinking surrounding mental health and how culture and tradition shapes our belief system. Thank you Christie and Adjoa.

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Exceptional story...very bravely taken on.

this story is emotional throughout but extremely well written and read...excellent ....it should be film.

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I really felt every moment.cried too. moving

I really felt every moment ..cried too, moving definitely a must read! execellent! ! !

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  • Linn
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A lovely written book about a dark reality

It’s scary to think about things we do for love. Esprcially when depression and superstition clouds the mind. In this book Christie Watson talks about many serious topics from miscarriages to children branded as witches by so called holy men. She tells the different stories in such a way that you understand what drives the different characters to act the way they do. Very few books make me cry, but this one did. Hoping to read more from this author who also wrote the brilliant Tiny sunbirds far away.

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Captivating Story!

It was Adjoa Andoh's narration of my other audible books - Purple Hibiscus, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, etc. that made me aware of this book. Spirituality, and the common issue of people being termed 'witches' and 'wizards' felt very real being a Nigerian.

I thoroughly enjoyed Adjoa's narration and Christie Watson didn't fail to disappoint after capturing my heart with her Tiny Sunbirds Far Away.

Elijah's moving story touched me.

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Incredibly emotional and real

This novel is so incredibly real and moving. The emotions and portrayal of the individuals affected are so convincing I cried with them. I think Christie Watson may be my new favourite.

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Beautiful & Poignant

One of the most beautiful stories I've listened to in a very long time! Couldn't stop listening.

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Wonderfully moving

From the very start this book drew me in. It made me laugh, smile and cry. Brilliantly written and very well read.

One of my favourite audiobooks so far this year