Eggshell Days by Rebecca Gregson

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Emmy, Niall, and Sita and Jonathan miss their train back to London from a Somerset wedding, escaping Britain's worst rail crash in sixty years. Upon reflection of their mortality, the friends reevaluate their lives, and come to a decision. They will all, along with Emmy's daughter Lila, Niall's girlfriend Kat, and Sita and Jonathan's children Jay and Asha, move into the ramshackle manor house Emmy recently inherited in Cornwall. In the idyllic setting, they hope to simplify their lives.

As renovation of the house begins, a closely-guarded secret threatens to be uncovered. The bricks and mortar of the group's long friendship starts to crumble. It soon becomes clear that fresh starts have little to do with geography, and the four of them realize that escape to the country doesn't mean escape from life's problems. As choices are made and the truth comes out, will they be able to hold their friendships together?

Touching and thoughtful, with quietly elegant writing and easily relatable characters, Eggshell Days is a novel to treasure.

About Rebecca Gregson

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Rebecca Gregson's bestselling debut novel Katherine's Wheel about millennium angst was followed by Zebras Crossing, a semi-autobiographical story about trans-racial adoption (both available from Pocket Books UK). Before writing fiction, she worked as a news producer for the BBC. She lives in Cornwall, England with her husband and two children.
Published June 5, 2002 by Pocket Books. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Niall, for his part, is uncomfortably aware that people think Emmy’s daughter (who looks very much like him) is his.

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This is less an escapist fantasy than a sprawling domestic drama, but readers willing to piece together the various relationship puzzles (and navigate the Briticisms) will enjoy Gregson's story of a group of friends struggling valiantly to make their communal experiment work.

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