From her earliest years with a boozy, accident-prone father and a reluctantly pragmatic mother Janice Galloway grew up as a watcher - careful and vigilant. Then her parents' marriage broke up and mother and daughter moved to an attic above a doctor's surgery. When her big sister Cora returned home, with her steady stream of boyfriends, snappy dress sense and matching temper, evasion became a way of life.
This is a funny and telling book about the routine dependencies and confusions, hopes and triumphs of childhood; it is also a book about emergence, as slowly, the beginnings of unsuspected rage pushed the silent girl towards her voice.
Janice Galloway's previous books include the novels The Trick is to Keep Breathing, which won the 1990 MIND Book of the Year Award, Foreign Parts, which won the 1994 McVitie's Prize and Clara which won the 2004 Saltire Book of the Year Award. She has also written two collections of short stories.