I donâ€™t know whether to start by telling you about the author, the book or the cover for all three are fascinating. Author first: A professional tennis player, she developed rheumatoid arthritis which put her in a wheelchair. She wrote about her courageous battle in A Will to Win. Now she is able to lead a relatively active life. The Book: An extraordinary, sensitive tale about waking up to responsibilities and living a meaningful life as a successful elder sister accepts her Down Syndrome sibling and finds the many sides of love. Warm, uplifting, emotional and very moving. Do read it. The cover: I really donâ€™t understand it!
â€˜Iâ€™ve lost my sister. If youâ€™ve seen someone who doesnâ€™t blend into the crowd,â€™ I sniffle, â€˜well thatâ€™s her.â€™ Katie seems to have everything you could wish for - sheâ€™s pretty, successful and has a rich, handsome boyfriend, Sam. But now itâ€™s crunch time. In one week her sister, Bells, is coming to stay and Sam doesnâ€™t even know she has a sister. Itâ€™s always been too difficult to bring the topic up. Bells isâ€¦different. She just doesnâ€™t fit into the perfect world Katie has created.
But that world is about to be turned upside down. Bells pins tatty posters on Sam's pristine white walls, plays Stevie Wonder at full volume, strikes up conversations with strangers - including an attractive man at the supermarket - and creates mayhem. Soon Katie's relationship with Sam is under severe strain and she is forced to confront her past. And problems escalate when Katie receives disturbing news about her mother. But, with help from Bells, Katie finally learns about real love, and that appearances can be very deceptive.
A wonderfully warm-hearted, funny and moving first novel about families, secrets, falling in love and having the courage to look the world in the eye.
Publication date: 01/09/2005
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||1st September 2005|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
Alice Peterson has written two non-fiction books, a personal story called A Will to Win, which has been updated and republished as Another Alice, and a family memoir based on her grandmother’s life in Rhodesia. Two novels followed, published by Black Swan – Look the World in the Eye and You, Me and Him.More About Alice Peterson