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PETALS AND STONES

by Joanne Burn Read profile

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Published 6th September 2018

When Uma discovers her husband’s infidelity just hours before his untimely death, the carefully woven threads of her life begin to unravel.

Struggling to manage the grief of those around her, she escapes to a remote cottage by the coast where she swims in the winter sea, cooks the forgotten Keralan dishes of her childhood and begins the search for her husband’s lover.

It isn’t long before Uma realises what she must do to pick up the tattered threads of her life. But will her choices jeopardise the only family she has left?

Burn delights in this piece of contemporary fiction, merging the smells of Keralan cooking with the grey environment of rainy Derby, Burn poses the question: what drives us after the death of a loved one?