She has protected her children from the harsh realities of life and told them little of the poverty of her childhood, nor of the darker side of her marriage to one of Britain's most famous photographers. With such an incomplete picture, her youngest, Sophie, has struggled to understand who her parents really are, and in turn, Barbara sometimes worries, to build her own identity.
When Sophie decides to organise a vast retrospective exhibition of her adored father's work, old photos are pulled from dusty boxes. But with them tumble stories from the past, stories and secrets that will challenge every aspect of how Sophie sees her parents.
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By Shea Elly on 11-09-18
A Male perspective narrated by women
I have to say that i was enjoying the journey I was taking with Barbara and her family in war torn London. However, when we moved to 'present day' London andmet Sophie I was lost. The narrator's American accent was shocking and I was even more put off by the writing. The intimate scenes between Sophie and Brett were quite frankly written by a man as a woman. They were definitely written for and from the Male Gaze. I eventually decided I wanted to find out what happened to Barbara not Sophie and tried to force myself to finish it. But I failed I could not handle the terrible narration of Sophie and Brett. I will read te remainder of the book rather as my own imagination can at least create a more likable voice.
By YAuk on 23-12-15
Why on earth did it end like that?!
Brilliant story written in 2 parts, past and present. It took a few chapters before it got me interested and thanks goodness I gave it another chapter before I was going to give up on it. But I only wished there was another chapter more to tie the whole story together or perhaps a more rounded ending. But still brilliant all the same.
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