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From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever, a deliciously funny, poignant and wry novel, full of surprising twists and turns:
James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy’s virtues, their shopping trips and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss.
Then something extraordinary happens which throws everything into new relief, changing all the stories of their childhood – and the father – that they thought they knew so well.
In The Carer, Deborah Moggach looks deeply into the family unit and pulls out so many emotions in the wonderful and insightful novel.
James needs a little extra care however his children, who are their 60s themselves, cannot bring themselves to put him into a care home and neither of them want to use their own time to care for him. Enter the colourful and quirky Mandy who they hire to care for him (much to their horror).
This novel explores so many aspects of family life in a sensitive and honest, but heartwarming manner. This isn’t a fast paced narrative but it’s so difficult to stop turning the pages once you begin. It is a steady, unfolding study of families in all their glory – warts and all and it’s completely relatable and unexpected.
The narrative and plot are heavily character drive and each and every character are written and woven into the story with purpose and meaning.
Despite being in their 60s, James’s children Phoebe and Robert still seem to harbour a grudge around their father’s treatment of them when younger. Although they often come across as selfish and petulant, it does highlight the impact these things can have on people. Of course, Mandy’s growing friendship and fun with their father brings out some strong feelings in two people who are already unhappy in their lives.
Maggach explores childhood, a variety of relationship types, jealousy, resentment, regret and mental health amongst other things through her beautifully written characters.She brings each character to life in their own unique way and makes them all equally flawed but wonderful by cleverly showing may perspectives of their behaviour.
Such a wonderful character driven story with a heartwarming feel. Highly recommended.
Author Bio – Deborah Moggach
Deborah Moggach, OBE is an English novelist and an award-winning screenwriter. She has written nineteen novels, including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, These Foolish Thing, Heartbreak Hotel and Something to Hide. She lives in London.