When a surrogate mother pretends the pregnancy has miscarried, and bears a daughter - to whom does the child belong? To her runaway birth mother, or her deceived father and his wife? Scout, born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement, is kept by her biological mother, Joanie, who has deliberately deceived both the clinic and Scout's intended parents by claiming to have had a miscarriage. When this deception comes to light ten years later, a compelling moral dilemma unfolds as Joanie makes her situation worse in the eyes of the law and social services by going on the run. Scout is a resourceful, anxious, perceptive child. She craves normality in the face of her mother's restlessness and unaccountability. She is loyal to her mother, and loves her deeply, despite being aware of her inconsistencies. Will the Family Court make the right decision for this vulnerable and determined little girl?
'HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT is, to put it at its simplest, an issue novel - but how well she does it ... readable, poignant, the novel demonstrates that there are no easy answers or pat formulas, and the author's skill is to woo the reader into empathising with conflicting viewpoints.'
The Sunday Times
'Thought-provoking' ***** -- Woman's Own
'This is both a comic and poignant read told via quirky prose, and is impossible to put down'
'Sweet and sad and funny and thought-provoking'
'The sympathetic understanding of her characters, the even-handed exposition of different types of mothering and the beauty of her crystal-clear prose all come together to make this a must read.'
'A poignant, at times funny, at times saddening book about morals and motherhood'
'HER GIANT OCTOPUS MOMENT is the brilliant new novel from Kay Langdale exploring the morality and legality of modern parenting and the surrogate ... impressively plausible and realistic ... truly heartbreaking and yet life-affirming at the same time. A thoroughly enjoyable and light-hearted, engaging read.'
'This distressing topic has been adapted by the author into a gripping, heart-rendering story. The characters are portrayed skilfully, especially Scout, who is a wonderful child ... I couldn't wait to find out the ending; all too soon it came. An extremely exciting and emotional read that kept me gripped.'
Publication date: 10/05/2012
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||10th May 2012|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Kay Langdale taught 20th century literature at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and worked for a Marketing Consultancy as an Account Handler. She lives in Oxfordshire with her family.More About Kay Langdale