Contemporary gay romance and fantasy writer. Also loves flowers and bakes the occasional cake. Sometimes they're edible ...
Clare Morrall is one of the great and gripping literary authors of our time and I have absolutely no idea why more people don't read her. This book is rich in poetry and character development, and the unique main character is a real treasure. Family life has never seemed so foreign and yet so strangely necessary.
That said, the mystery of why Jessica is how she is turns out to be no great mystery at all as I'd understood it by the end of the first chapter - but the interest lies in the character herself and how she comes to terms with her life. Oh, and the dying country house she grows up in and never really leaves is utterly magnificent in every way.
I loved it.