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Our Lady of Everything

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 256
Subject: Fiction

Our Lady of Everything

Susan Finlay

A bittersweet story of clashing beliefs and confused identities from debut author Susan Finlay

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781788161190 (Published 14 Mar 2019)
£12.99

About the book

Margaret O'Shea never thought she'd find herself praying for the life of an English soldier. But with her grandson Eoin fighting in Iraq, Margaret can't do anything but say the rosary and hope that he comes home unscathed. His fiancée Katarzyna is a good Catholic girl, even if she goes to Nottingham's Polish church rather than its Irish one.
What Margaret doesn't know is that Kathy's way of coping with Eoin's absence goes beyond prayer or reading horoscopes. Her friend David has been studying Chaos Magic to distract himself from his new post-PhD career selling figurines of rat men to acne-ridden teenagers and wants Kathy to participate in his Rite of Internet Love. But everyone gets more chaos than they bargained for when a video of a wounded Iraqi and a soldier who looks a lot like Eoin starts circulating.
This is a sharp, wry and moving debut novel about love, faith and what normal people do when they don't have any of the answers.

About the author

Susan Finlay is an artist and writer. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell and The Royal College of Art, London, and has since lived in Athens and Berlin. She has written for the Guardian, The South London Gallery, and Akerman Daly. Her other work includes The Brexit Chronicles, an audio-series with Akerman Daly and Isadora, a solo exhibition at MoHA, Austin.

Reviews

Our Lady Of Everything is a complex yet touchingly human novel, reflecting the everyday diversity of modern Britain, and the rich, intricate lives that lie behind every window in every street

- Joolz Denby, author of Billie Morgan and Borrowed Light

A funny and affecting portrait of modern Britain in all its kaleidoscopic glory

- Laura Kaye, author of English Animals

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 256
Subject: Fiction