You Be Mother: The debut novel from the author of Sorrow and Bliss
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This is a story that will settle in the hearts and guts of anyone whose life has been touched by the devastation of not knowing exactly what is wrong, but hoping against hope that there is some way to fix it.” THE SPINOFF, NZ I was going to say, I’m excited for mason to write something that is not centred around motherhood, but actually this book is far more about friendship, the meaning of family, & filling the yawning gap your parents leave when you are a young adult (we love an inter-generational friendship). The beauty of Phil and Abi’s relationship felt so real, a mother figure without all the of expectation, past let downs, the intrusion of other family dynamics. Also covers loneliness and the liminal space between casual acquaintances and friends, imbued with longing, (which is so accurately portrayed, something I haven’t seen represented in text before - even though the same in romantic situations is the subject matter of every rom com ever).
SORROW AND BLISS is a book you’ll want to devour in one sitting. Meg Mason has written an adult coming-of-age novel, told with force, breathlessness and a confessional style that makes you feel as if you’re sharing intimacies with a close friend. Mason’s writing has been compared to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s for good reason. Martha has a Fleabag-ian wit and obsessive self-reflection, the humour sitting alongside the despair.” THE SATURDAY PAPERMeg Mason has achieved something remarkable with her debut novel — Sorrow and Bliss is a raucously funny, beautifully written, emotion-bashing book about love, family and life’s curveballs that leaves you, satisfyingly, with what feels like wisdom forged in fire.” THE TIMES Meg Mason writes about the slow bleed of life-long depression with candour, humour and stark precision. SORROW AND BLISS is about what happens when your illness pushes everyone away - leaving you with only the sorest parts of yourself for company. It will, as the title suggests, shatter your heart, before mending it with infinite love. I've never read anything like it and will be pressing it into the hands of every reader I know.” PANDORA SYKES Abi has landed in Sydney with her three-week old son in tow and no idea what the future holds. Behind her in London is all that’s left of her family: her self-destructive mother and the depressing former council flat they shared. Her baby’s father, Stu – an Aussie architecture student who swept into her life during his few months as an exchange student – is woefully unprepared for fatherhood. His officious mother Elaine is terrifyingly judgemental. And although Stu’s father, Roger, is shaping up to be a quiet ally, it’s not until Abi meets the well-to-do, charming and high-handed Phyllida that things improve. As Phil and Abi grow closer, it seems like the older woman is the mother figure Abi longs for.
Evocative and hopeful, this book changes our perception of break-ups and interpersonal relationships.” BOOK RIOT
Thank you to Netgalley and HaperCollins Australia for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review.
You Be Mother: The charming novel about family and friendship from the Women's Prize shortlisted author of the bestselling book SORROW & BLISSThis novel is hilarious, heartfelt, touching, saddening and infuriating (this one is for the Brush).