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The Awkward Age


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The second novel from Costa prize-winning author Francesca Segal - a clever, sharp, funny and moving story about family, starting over and how much we let our children get away with

About the Author

Francesca Segal is an award-winning writer and journalist. Her first novel, The Innocents, won the 2012 Costa First Novel Award, the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize, and a Betty Trask Award. It was also longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. She lives in London with her family.


"It's beautifully written" -- Victoria Hislop * Good Housekeeping *
"A very smart, soulful, compelling, elegantly written domestic novel" -- Nick Hornby * Observer *
"Francesca Segal is incisive on modern lives, penetrating and thoughtful - and yet always joyfully entertaining and stylishly readable." * Naomi Alderman *
"Segal's wit and intelligence are entirely her own and the moral dilemmas of her characters could not be more modern... Segal has a superb eye for the lies that the middle-aged lovers tell themselves, and they are jolted back to reality when it all goes spectacularly wrong. It is nearly a tragedy, but not quite; she's just too funny" -- Kate Saunders * The Times *
"Elegant... an entertaining look at the messy business of trying to be in a family in emotionally trying circumstances... Irresistible" -- Eithne Farry * Mail on Sunday *
"A story that is equal parts hilarious and devastating" * Vogue *
"Francesa Segal is precise and funny, and The Awkward Age is brimming with keen observations of the highest order--the clever, the sore, and the sublime." * Emma Straub *
"Segal... is a sharp observer of the tribulations of teenage love and modern relationships. Particularly strong on how blind parents are towards their ghastly offspring's flaws, this book is a lively, quick-witted performance" * The Sunday Times *
"In Francesca Segal's magnificent new novel The Awkward Age, romantic and parental love go head to head, stress-testing loyalties and bonds with heartbreaking consequences... Genius... An impressively nuanced and convincing portrait of maternal love... a painful delight to read, invoking a perfectly balanced oscillation between compassion and frustration" -- Lucy Scholes * Independent *
"Themes of non-nuclear family life, the everyday fractures and renovations inherent to relationships of any kind, amid moments of pitch-perfect comic tension... Segal navigates these re-drawn battle lines with skill and sensitivity... There is no precise time, we are reminded, at which life becomes less tangled, at which personalities are formed as in aspic: we can see that all ages are awkward, but some are more awkward than others" -- Zoe Apostolides * Financial Times *

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