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Emma recommends... Western Lane - Chetna Maroo

Emma recommends... Western Lane - Chetna Maroo

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Emma recommends... This is just the most beautiful book - so much being conveyed in so few, but exquisitely chosen, words. If you are a fan of Claire Keegan then this is definitely one for you. If you don't know anything about squash, don't worry - me neither! But we all know something about loss, about growing up, about family, about identity. And this wonderful book explores all of that and more in an astonishing 176 pages...


Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2024

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2023

A beautiful and moving novel about grief, sisterhood, squash and a teenage girl's struggle to transcend herself.

Eleven-year-old Gopi has been playing squash since she was old enough to hold a racket. When her mother dies, her father enlists her in a quietly brutal training regimen, and the game becomes her world. Slowly, she grows apart from her sisters. Her life is reduced to the sport, guided by its rhythms: the serve, the volley, the drive, the shot and its echo. But on the court, she is not alone. She is with her pa. She is with Ged, a thirteen-year-old boy with his own formidable talent. She is with the players who have come before her. She is in awe.

An unforgettable coming-of-age story, Chetna Maroo's first novel is a moving exploration of the closeness of sisterhood, the immigrant experience, and the collective overcoming of grief.

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