Isamay's unusual name comes from her two very different grandmothers, Isa and May, who were both present at her birth and who have both formed and influenced her whole life in very particular ways. Now almost thirty, Isamay is trying to write a thesis about grandmothers in history but is instead constantly ambushed by the startling secrets her own family has been keeping. When disturbing truths are revealed that force Isamay to examine her own certainties, will her grandmothers be able to build a bridge across the generations?
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Margaret Forster has always had the enviable gift of making her characters spring to life, and both Isa and May do just that - The Scotsman
A deliciously observed, dilemma-and-drama-packed read - Daily Mail
A compelling story, sometimes funny, sometimes painfully sad... All family life is here, messy, insistent and, as the author convincingly shows, as essential as breathing - Sunday Times
A sensitive and intelligent novel with passages of beautifully modulated pathos, while being in part, hugely funny - The Times
[Forster] has written so brilliantly about female relationships...she can encapsulate a whole scene in a single sentence... [A] whole rich, fascinating novel - Literary Review
Curious, compelling story - Sunday Telegraph
Enjoyable and memorable - Financial Times
Margaret Forster's professional skills and accomplishment are to the fore, as usual - Independent
A compelling portrait of family life - Big Issue North
In a classic Forster novel about class and generational upheaval, here the author writes tenderly about the influence of grandmothers and their desire, as Sand put it, to 'stuff' their grandchildren 'with happiness' - Independent
Captivating... Like a beloved granny's visit, we're a little bit sorry to see the end approaching - Irish Times
This rich novel, full of pathos, concerns the unbridgeable gaps between generations - Daily Telegraph
Margaret Forster is the author of many successful and acclaimed novels, including Have the Men Had Enough?,Lady's Maid, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, Is There Anything You Want?, Over and Isa and May, as well as bestselling memoirs (Hidden Lives and Precious Lives) and biographies. She is married to writer and journalist Hunter Davies and lives in London and the Lake District.