Tender, funny and unapologetic, Amazing Grace Adams is the fiercest debut of 2023, about a woman - and a story - you'll never forget
'Littlewood writes with ferocity and compassion about . . . the impossibility of spinning all the plates that modern life expects us to manage. Read it and weep (then cheer)' THE TIMES
'A rip-roaring, empowering story of redemption, discovery and starting over. Glorious' DAILY EXPRESS
'I just adored this . . . An unforgettable read' LIANE MORIARTY
'Compelling, funny and poignant. I devoured it' PAULA HAWKINS
'Never have I felt more seen' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
INCLUDED IN COSMOPOLITAN'S 'BEST BOOKS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2023'
'Sometimes I have so much rage it scares me . . .'
Grace Adams is one bad day away from saving her life.
One hot summer day, stuck in traffic on her way to pick up the cake for her daughter's sixteenth birthday party, Grace Adams snaps.
She doesn't scream or break something or cry. She simply abandons her car and walks away.
But not from her life - towards it. To the daughter who won't live with her anymore and has banned her from the party. To the husband divorcing her. Towards the terrible thing that has blown their family apart . . .
Today she'll show her daughter that no matter how far we fall we can always get back up again. Because Grace Adams was amazing. Her husband and daughter once thought so. They and the world might have forgotten.
But Grace is about to remind them . . .
Amazing Grace Adams tells the story of a life, a marriage, a family, set against a single north-London day. A rollercoaster ride of redemption and discovery, it's a powerful celebration of womanhood.
'An absolute gut punch of a book that throbs with all the rage of a middle-aged woman who refuses to go quietly' RED
'Readers will relish the letting loose of one woman's long-suppressed righteous rage . . . Spectacular' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Full of depth and honesty' PRIMA
'A redemptive story of womanhood, motherhood and marriage. You won't forget Grace Adams in a hurry' CULTUREFLY
'I loved it. Vivid, visceral and incredibly emotional. I laughed and sobbed' TIM MINCHIN, multi-award-winning composer/lyricist of Matilda The Musical, comedian, actor, producer and director
'Hugely accomplished. You'll laugh, cry and nod in recognition. Properly amazing' SUN
'Explores motherhood with wit, warmth and wisdom. Extraordinary' GRAZIA BOOK CLUB
'An exacting and brilliantly structured novel about love, grief, hope lost and then found again' MARY BETH KEANE, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes
'Brilliant . . . a story of a midlife heroine seeking redemption and so much more' WOMAN & HOME
'A magnificent novel. Grace Adams is every woman . . . A fully realized story of catastrophe and joy, grief and love. A stunning debut' ADRIANA TRIGIANI, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Left Undone
'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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Told over the course of an increasingly chaotic day, interspersed with flashbacks to key events in preceding months and years, Fran Littlewood’s debut novel is a wild, exhilarating, emotional rollercoaster. Her marriage and career in pieces, Grace focuses with manic determination on repairing a brutal schism with her teenage daughter. In the present day, there’s something utterly glorious about watching this middle-aged woman reject her increasing social invisibility while also refusing to temper her fierce love for her child or hide the messiness of motherhood. But it’s in the flashbacks that the story is beautifully filled out. Grace’s character is deepened and her love story given weight and meaning. There are shocks and gut punches to heighten the stakes, but nothing that is manipulative. Instead, Grace and her family feel brilliantly, dramatically real and believable, and she becomes a heroine to take to heart.