KAREN RANEY recently gained an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths with a Distinction and was awarded the 2017 Pat Kavanagh Prize for All the Water in the World, when the novel was still a work-in-progress. Born in Schenectady, New York, Raney attended Oberlin College, graduated from Duke University, and worked as a nurse before moving to London to study art. She lives in London with her husband and daughter, and teaches at the University of East London.
Maddy is sixteen. She has loyal friends, a mother with whom she's unusually close, a father she's never met, devoted grandparents, and a crush on a boy named Jack. Maddy is also dying. Told alternately by Maddy and her mother, Eve, All the Water in the World is a heart-breaking story of a family doing its best when faced with the worst, and a poignant testimony to the transformative power of love.
'TENDER, HEARTFELT AND HEART-BREAKING' Francis Spufford 'VERY MOVING, A WARM AND COMPASSIONATE NOVEL' Diana Evans 'DEEPLY REWARDING AND WHOLLY UNFORGETTABLE' Bret Anthony Johnston 'CAPTIVATING AND WARM AND REAL' Janet Ellis 'ASTONISHINGLY MOVING' Joanna Hershon 'A TENDER BRUISE OF A NOVEL' Mary Paulson-Ellis Maddy is sixteen. Deeply curious, wry and vivacious, she's poised at the outset of adulthood. She has loyal friends, a mother with whom she's unusually close, a father she's never met, devoted grandparents, and a crush on a boy named Jack. Maddy also has cancer. Eve is her mother, desperately caring for the daughter she loves and only partly knows, in a world she can't control. For fans of Celeste Ng, Jodi Picoult and Delia Owens, All the Water in the World is the story of a family doing its best when faced with the worst. Unforgettable and singularly moving, with voices that range from tender to funny, despairing to defiant, this novel is a poignant testimony to the transformative power of love, humour and hope. 'RANEY IS AN AUTHOR TO WATCH' Booklist 'EXQUISITE' Kirkus Optioned for film by Monumental Pictures/Lionsgate.