My Everything by Katie Marsh
Katie Marsh’s debut novel examines the moral dilemma of a woman trapped in an increasingly unhappy relationship. Her husband suffers a stroke just as she’s on the brink of leaving him. It’s a fascinating Gordian knot and one that adds extra depth and humanity to the archetypal narrative of illness. The book weaves between Hannah and Tom’s present and past.
Marsh paints a moving portrait not only of illness, but also of a relationship’s demise, as she charts the journey from the hopefulness of the couple’s early years together to the dark days of their marriage. Tom’s stroke is a life-changing moment for them both, but rather than descending into over-sentimentality, what follows is a compelling tale of second chances and fresh starts.
With a career in healthcare, Marsh writes with real-world experience and knowledge, but also with the assurance and finesse of a long-time author. This book is a remarkable debut about remembering what’s important in life and heralds the arrival of a great new talent.