Amazing Grace Adams
by Fran Littlewood
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Pub Date 05 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 02 Jun 2023
Henry Holt & Company, Henry Holt and Co.
Bernadette, Eleanor Oliphant, Rosie, Ove . . . meet Amazing Grace Adams, the funny, touching, unforgettable story of an invisible everywoman pushed to the brink—who finally pushes back.
Grace Adams gave birth, blinked, and now suddenly she is forty-five, perimenopausal and stalled—the unhappiest age you can be, according to the Guardian. And today she’s really losing it. Stuck in traffic, she finally has had enough. To the astonishment of everyone, Grace gets out of her car and simply walks away.
Grace sets off across London, armed with a £200 cake, to win back her estranged teenage daughter on her sixteenth birthday. Because today is the day she’ll remind her daughter that no matter how far we fall, we can always get back up again. Because Grace Adams used to be amazing. Her husband thought so. Her daughter thought so. Even Grace thought so. But everyone seems to have forgotten. Grace is about to remind them . . . and, most important, remind herself.
"Hugely enjoyable. Compelling, funny and poignant. I devoured it."
“I just adored this beautiful debut novel! Funny, moving and at times absolutely heartbreaking, it had me captivated until the very last page. An unforgettable read.”
—Liane Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies
“From the first hot minute when Grace Adams, stalled in traffic, stuck in her car, simply opens the door and walks away from it all—into her day, the single day that gathers all her days up to this tipping point at the middle, she had me. How life in the middle of our lives breaks us open—and apart—and then open again. I finished her story on a plane above the country, so full, and in tears. ‘Ma’am?’ my seat-mate asked, ‘are you ok?’
‘Oh, yes,’ I answered. And gave him this book.”
—Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress and The Guest Book
"Amazing Grace Adams is an exacting and brilliantly structured novel about love, grief, hope lost and then found again. I rooted for Grace from the first sentence."
—Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes
"Fran Littlewood has written a magnificent novel. Grace Adams is everywoman – filled with promise, trepidatious in love and eventually, a besotted mother. Amazing Grace Adams is a fully realized story of catastrophe and joy, grief and love, and the hidden chambers of the human heart that carry the best and worst of our experience. A stunning debut."
–Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Good Left Undone
“I can’t remember the last time I read a novel with such unbridled enthusiasm. Amazing Grace Adams is a raw, uproariously hilarious portrait of parenthood, love, and family; it’s also a profound examination of the way language can both save us and fail us when we need it the most. I’d walk across London on the hottest day of the year with Fran Littlewood—hell, I’d walk anywhere with her. I’m begging you: read this book.”
—Grant Ginder, author of Let's Not Do That Again and The People We Hate at the Wedding
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