A novel of love, homelessness, and learning to be fearless
In the garden, there were three flamingos. Not real flamingos, but real emblems, real gateways to a time when life was impossibly good. They were mascots, symbols of hope. Something for a boy to confide in.
First, there were the flamingos. And then there were two families. Sherry and Leslie and their daughters, Rae and Pauline - and Eve and her son Daniel.
Sherry loves her husband, Leslie. She also loves Eve. It couldn't have been a happier summer. But then Eve left and everything went grey. Now Daniel is all grown-up and broken. And when he turns up at Sherry's door, it's almost as if they've all come home again. But there's still one missing. Where is Eve? And what, exactly, is her story?
FLAMINGO is a novel about the power of love, welcome and acceptance. It's a celebration of kindness, of tenderness. Set in 2018 and the 80s, it's a song for the broken-hearted and the big-hearted, and is, ultimately, a novel grown from gratitude, and a book full of wild hope.
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Rachel Elliott is the author of WHISPERS THROUGH A MEGAPHONE, long-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 and DO NOT FEED THE BEAR. She is also a psychotherapist, and lives in Bath.
Every now and then a book stands out as not just amazing but absolutely exceptional and Flamingo is that book. * Intensive Gassing About Books * I loved it for many reasons, but her ability to have you laughing out loud on one page, and genuinely moved on the next is a rare and wonderful talent * Year of Reading Selfishly * I love Rachel Elliott's books, and the way her stories are populated by characters who don't quite seem to neatly fit into the mainstream. People who different without intending to be... * Bookphace * Beautifully written, witty, clever, and a proper page-turner * Felicity Hayes-McCoy * It's a wonderful exploration of family and friendships and how covering up the truth can lead to unnecessary pain. Beautifully written, it kept me gripped as the truth began to unravel * Jules Swain * I LOVED this . . . I read it in a day . . . It is vibrant and glorious, full of life and colour and pain and love * Julie Cohen *
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