Iris’s family – her ex-husband with his new wife and baby; her son, and her best friend’s daughter – gather to pack up their holiday house. They are there for one last time, one last weekend, and one last party – but in the course of this weekend, their connections will be affirmed, and their frailties and secrets revealed – to the reader at least, if not to each other.
The Hope Fault is a novel about extended family: about steps and exes and fairy godmothers; about parents and partners who are missing, and the people who replace them.
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PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
'The Hope Fault brilliantly captures both the prickly detail and the slow geological shifts of family life. An intricate, intimate novel – and utterly humane.' Anna Smaill
'This intricately stitched story, with its exquisite patterns and refrains, casts a spell over the reader. I wanted to stay wrapped in that house by the sea with that flawed family making magic and meaning from the vagaries of the weather, the landscape, and their own hearts.' Myfanwy Jones
'As the family goes over its history we witness the intimacy of domestic life, its fluid ecosystems and ultimate acceptance. This second novel by Tracy Farr is a quiet morning; it is coffee brewing in the kitchen and nestling under blankets.' Books+Publishing