About the book
When troubled artist Rachel Kelly dies she leaves behind an extraordinary body of work – but for her family there is a legacy of secrets and painful revelations. Rachel exerts a power that outlives her. To her children she is both curse and blessing, as they cope with the inheritance of her passions – and demons. Only their father’s gift of stillness can withstand Rachel’s destructive influence and the suspicion that they all came a poor second to her art. Piecing together the clues of her life – as artist, lover, mother, wife and patient – takes the reader from Cornwall to Canada across a span of forty years. What emerges is a tender story of enduring love, and a portrait of a family coping with the sometimes too dazzling brilliance of a genius.
Reviewed by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
In addition to being an excellent read it is a great source for group discussion on a wide range of personal behaviour and relationships. Patrick Gale gets empathetically under the skin of a cast of characters so seemingly diverse one is tempted to doubt that they could survive each other, but leaves the reader with a sense of understanding and acceptance of their lives. This is a book not to be missed.
Star rating: ****