A vividly rendered portrait of a young girl’s journey toward self-discovery.
Daily Mail on Love Falls by Esther Freud
Extraordinarily fearless... moving and convincing...
Independent on Sunday on Grace by Linn Ullmann
Absent fathers, family secrets and the tidal pull of childhood memory: family dynamics are rarely far from the surface in the latest novels from Linn Ullmann and Esther Freud. Perhaps not surprising given their respective pedigrees: Ullmann is daughter of Ingmar Bergmann and Liv Ullmann; Freud is daughter of Lucian and great-granddaughter of Sigmund.
Freud’s ‘deliciously unsettling’ Love Falls is a compelling coming-of-age tale from the award-winning author of Hideous Kinky. Reconciled with her estranged father one Tuscan summer, the teenage Lara is irresistibly drawn to a young family rife with conspiracies and secret histories.
Ullmann’s A Blessed Child is a haunting parable of lost innocence. One summer – as three daughters make their annual pilgrimage to their father’s windswept Baltic isle – an act of teenage betrayal alters for ever each sister’s life.
Two consummate chroniclers of the human condition. One very special literary encounter.