A bracing, hypnotic story of mid-life crisis is at the centre of a novel about the complexities of love, relationship and legacy from début novelist Katri Skala.
A Perfect Mother is literary fiction in the tradition of Claire Messud and Rachel Cusk – honest, multi-layered, and emotionally demanding of its reader. Katri Skala is as accomplished at weaving a compelling drama as she is at asking the big questions: what do we inherit from the broken histories of our parents and our grandparents and how does this shape our own sense of identity? Can we ever overcome the past? Are stories, the ones we are told and the ones we tell, integral to how we know each other and how we love? What does it mean to be a good parent, let alone the perfect mother? Brilliantly mixing a novel of ideas with a psychological morality tale, The Perfect Mother digs deep into the heart of these questions in a subtle intense prose.
Reynolds offers a fresh interpretation of this sensual and mysterious poem in the Old Testament, long considered the most important book of the Hebrew Scriptures but nowadays relatively unknown.