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That Girl from Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson
  

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April 2016 Book of the Month.

What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet. It covers race, adoption, rejection and even murder (or does it?). Our hero, Smitty, a black girl, white adopted parents, white long-term boyfriend, discovers her biological family in Brighton. Naturally there are secrets in the cupboard but you certainly don’t see the details coming. With a jealous and bitchy cousin and a demanding, and frankly most unpleasant ‘birth’ grandmother both making unreasonable requests, this is, as I’ve said, terrific, especially when the final twist hits you in the stomach. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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  • Cheryl Kinney - 'well written and beautiful. The difficult subjects covered are written about in a sensitive way.'
  • Lisa Lamb - 'A nice, easy read with a few little mysteries along the way and a surprising twist at the end...'
  • Tanya Thurling - 'plenty of shock revelations along the way to keep you intrigued and the story keeps at a steady pace from start to finish. I'd definitely recommend this book.'
  • Sandra Rabiasz - 'A thoroughly engrossing story of families and identity. I've never read Dorothy Koomson before and, if this book is anything to go by, I've been missing out.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'very true to life and the story delicately told. I will certainly be reading more by this author in the future, without a doubt!'
  • Kath Martin - 'After a shaky start where I was totally confused by this books opening few pages, I suddenly 'got it' and became totally captivated by Clemency's life.'
  • Oliver Keating - 'This is not your straight forward adoption mystery case from Dorothy Kooman. Someone wants something from Smitty and it is something most of us would avoid at all costs.'
  • Katie Wright - 'That Girl From Nowhere, is a strong addition to Koomson's work.'  
  • Joan Sidwell - 'This is a beautiful book, sensitively written and multi-layered with sympathetic, believable characters...a book to be savoured and read again.'
  • Vikki Patis - 'The story is fast-paced and intricate, full of intriguing characters you can’t wait to learn more about. I absolutely loved this novel. Koomson is one of my favourite authors' 
  • Nikki Whitmore - 'Based on the blurb, I thought it was just going to be the story of an adopted woman trying to find her birth parents but it was so much more than that.' 
  • Emma Barton - 'I felt as though I was reading the first draft of a potentially enthralling new book.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'A story of life starting, life ending and what happens in between, for an adopted child.  Full of humour, sadness and disappointment for the star, Clemency, well worth reading.' 
  • Anne Rhodes - 'A question is asked of her – will she say yes, can she say no...her head wants to go one way and her heart wants to go another.' 
  • Tracey Copeland - unfortunately I found this book very difficult to get into, it didn’t grab me at all and normally I cannot wait until the working day ends to catch up with my book.' 

Synopsis

That Girl from Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

From the bestselling author of The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before and My Best Friend's Girl, an emotional story about love, identity and the meaning of family. 'Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?' he asks. 'Nowhere,' I reply. 'I'm from nowhere.' 'Everyone's from somewhere,' he says. 'Not me,' I reply silently. Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she'll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents. As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay...


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About the Author

Dorothy Koomson

Dorothy Koomson is the author of twelve novels including That Girl From Nowhere, The Chocolate Run, The Woman He Loved Before, The Ice Cream Girls and My Best Friend’s Girl. While writing The Friend she took up, in the name of research, knitting and cocktail mixing – two things that are oddly compatible. Give it a try!

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Book Info

Publication date

24th March 2016

Author

Dorothy Koomson

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Books of the Month
Relationship Stories
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099598831

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