Bright Burning Things, Lisa Harding ( paperback Feb 2022)
Being Tommy's mother is too much for Sonya. Too much love, too much fear, too much longing for the cool wine she gulps from the bottle each night. Because Sonya is burning the fish fingers, and driving too fast, and swimming too far from the shore, and Tommy's life is in her hands.
Once there was the thrill of a London stage, a glowing acting career, fast cars, handsome men. But now there are blackouts and bare cupboards, and her estranged father showing up uninvited. There is Mrs O'Malley spying from across the road.
There is the risk of losing Tommy - forever.
On every page there are little shimmering bombs' Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women'Quietly devastating . . .
Reminded me repeatedly of Shuggie Bain' Observer