Home is where the heart is, and Kate thinks a lot about making people feel at home. She works for a global hotel corporation. She has two young children, and a husband of ten years. Now, both Kate's home and her heart are about to implode: she has discovered a series of emails from her husband Adam to another woman. Probing for answers, she realizes this not the worst possible discovery - in fact, it is only the beginning. As her family unravels, Kate's job becomes increasingly demanding - but how can she provide the perfect guest experience when her own foundations have been knocked away? She tries to hold things together for her daughters, but doesn't know what to tell them when they ask when Adam is coming home. Who was the man with whom Kate built a life? And what is he to her now? Told with warmth, wit and grace, Lover is a novel about marriage, family, and work - an unforgettable account of having the strength to find one's place in the world.
Lover Press Reviews
The elegantly drawn portrait of a woman who alternates between anger, hope, despair, and acceptance is a familiar one . . . Kate is a memorable character, rooted in a story as old as the hills yet still on point today. * Booklist * Real, delicious summer reading, one for your suitcase, but with the bite of truthfulness . . . telling the story of a husband's adulterous affair with unflinching truthfulness but also wit and generosity of spirit. A wise novel with values that is also elegantly written and a gripping read -- Maggie Gee * Observer New Review * Full of elegant prose and emotional insight . . . With grace and humour, she immerses the reader in Kate's psychological disorientation . . . As an anatomy of a broken marriage, Lover is a skilfully observed, evocative and affecting novel * Observer * Perceptive, insightful and engrossing * Sunday Express * A wise, honest and funny portrait of a marriage * Fabulous * Brave * Daily Mail * Anyone who has had heartbreak will wince at moments in this raw portrait of a marriage . . . Skillfully written and powerful * Sunday Mirror * A sad and funny novel . . . brilliantly skewers the insanities and inanities of the corporate workplace * Stylist * 'Fans of BBC drama Doctor Foster will devour this gripping tale of marital disintegration . . . The writing is simply beautiful - moving and evocative, while skewering cliches about broken hearts and revenge. It's also the funniest book about a break-up you'll ever read, with a brilliant supporting cast of characters * Glamour * I wept through Lover by Anna Raverat. It's written with such a light touch, but is so piercing and so true. -- Liza Klaussmann, author of Tigers In Red Weather This is one of the most bittersweet, searing books about a break up we've ever read. * Cosmopolitan * Wise and subtle and witty . . . filled with humanity and warmth. A compulsively readable book about a breakup from a brilliant new writer -- Maggie Gee Raverat mines the depth of this strife with wit, warmth and a sophisticated wisdom that makes it an unputdownable read. * Psychologies * A detailed observation of love, work and life told through a woman's crumbling marriage. The first-person voice is so compelling, it almost reads like a thriller. Addictive * Bookseller * Anna Raverat is a humane and generous writer, giving voice to our best instincts and communicating, by quiet and often funny moments, a sense of our ability to overcome adversity with love. -- Chris Cleave