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To Heaven by Water
Author: Justin Cartwright

ISBN: 9781408801031
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 5 April 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.4
David Cross can't tell Ed or Lucy that he is in some ways happier now that their mother is dead; to his own mind he is more himself than he has been for nearly forty years. When Nancy was alive, he had secrets that he kept from her. Now that she is dead he has a secret that he must keep from his children: he is not unhappy.

To Heaven by Water is a touching and hilarious portrait of the Cross family trying in their own way to come to terms with their lives after the mother has died. David misses his wife, but is not unhappy, although he spends a worrying amount of time in the gym. His son Ed's marriage to the lovely Rosalie, a ballet dancer, is suffering strains, and daughter Lucy is being stalked by her ex-boyfriend. Both children worry that their father will soon be finding a new partner.

The book opens as David is taking time out with his brother in the Kalahari Desert, reliving his disturbing and uplifting memories of Rome where he worked on a film with Richard Burton. Back home in London, Ed is trying to balance his affair with a young woman in his office, with his real love for his wife, who is unable to conceive the child sh...

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