The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

Anstey Harris

Grace is 40 and in love with David. Her life is about to fall apart in the most shocking of ways. Nadia is 17 and furious. She knows that love will only let her down: if she is going to succeed it will be on her own terms. Maurice Williams is 86. He has discovered a lot about love in his long life, and even more about people. And yet he keeps secrets. Sometimes you have to hit the bottom in order to find a way back. And sometimes you need a friend, or two, by your side when you triumph.


The real truth and triumph of this gem of a story is simple: it is one of the best and most gripping descriptions of heartbreak that either of us have ever read. Even though you can see poor Grace’s betrayal moving steadily toward her with all the inevitability of a train rolling down the track, when it arrives it still has the power to shock, appal, and move. The slow recovery and ultimate redemption that follow is as much a healing process for us as it is for Grace.

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