Esther Freud’s new novel weaves together the stories of three generations of women. In 1959, a young Irishwoman, Rosaleen, arrives in London and meets a romantic and feckless sculptor called Felix. He may say to her, ‘I couldn’t love you more’, but he is married to another woman. When their relationship collapses, Rosaleen is unable to reveal to her family the true extent of Felix’s betrayal and so starts a new life, cutting off all contact with her past. Many years later, Rosaleen’s mother sits at the bedside of her dying husband and realises that he knows more
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