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Every mother is a woman with a past. An exquisite story about mothers, daughters and a life lived in the shadows. With the heart of a memoir and the pace of a thriller, An Unremarkable Body reveals an overwhelming desire to make sense of an unfulfilled life. To protest that an unremarkable body does not mean an unremarkable life.

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Synopsis

An Unremarkable Body by Elisa Lodato

When Katharine is found dead at the foot of her stairs, it is the mystery of her life which consumes daughter, Laura.The medical examiner's report, in which precious parts of Katharine's body are weighed and categorised, motivates Laura to write her own version of events. To bear witness to the unbearable blank space between each itemised entry.What emerges is a picture of life lived in the shadows, as well as an attempt to discover how and why her mother died. To make sense of her own grief Laura must piece her mother's body back together and in doing so, she is forced to confront a woman silenced by her own mother and wronged by her husband. A woman who felt shackled by motherhood and unable to love freely.

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An Unremarkable Body is a well-crafted story of grief and loss. Beautiful, sensitive, and poignant -- Clarissa Goenawan, author of Rainbirds

About the Author

Elise Lodato grew up in London and read English at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After graduating she went to live in Japan where she developed a love of cherry blossom and tempura. On returning to the UK she spent many happy years working for Google before training to become an English teacher. Helping pupils to search for meaning in a text inspired Elisa to take up the pen and write her own. Her first novel, An Unremarkable Body, was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2016. Elisa lives in Surrey with her husband and two children.

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Book Info

Publication date

12th December 2017

Author

Elisa Lodato

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Debuts of the Month
Family Drama

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781474606332

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