Shelf Life

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"An impressive, Sally Rooney-esque debut novel" New Statesman

"'Shelf Life' is whip-smart, slyly heartbreaking, and I felt the truth of it in my bones. Franchini dissects ideas of love, dating and identity in a way that feels both ruthless and humane. I loved it." Sophie Mackintosh, 'The Water Cure'

Launching an intelligent, perceptive new voice in fiction, 'Shelf Life' is the exquisite, heart-wrenching story of a woman rebuilding herself on her own terms.

Ruth is thirty years old. She works as a nurse in a care home and her fiance has just broken up with her. The only thing she has left of him is their shopping list for the upcoming week.

And so she uses that list to tell her story. Starting with six eggs, and working through spaghetti and strawberries, and apples and tea bags, Ruth discovers that her identity has been crafted from the people she serves; her patients, her friends, and, most of all, her partner of ten years. Without him, she needs to find out - with conditioner and single cream and a lot of sugar - who she is when she stands alone.

ISBN/EAN: 9780857526663
Author: Franchini, Livia
Publication Date: 29/08/2019
Size: 222x144mm
Product Type: Hardback
Number of Pages: 288
Publisher: Doubleday

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