Family and business, husbands and wives, parents and children
It's always a balancing act...
Four strong women. All working in a family business. But what happens when they begin to want different things? And what about the men – and the children – in their lives?
Susie Moran has always been the breadwinner in her family. Her husband was the one who was there for their three girls. But now he wants something of his past back – the life he had before Susie’s career took off, before they had children. And those children don’t see their mother’s business the way she has always seen it, thereby threatening the balance she has worked so hard to achieve.
And then, amidst the simmering tensions, someone significant from the past, someone almost forgotten, turns up. The problems of the past, the present, and the future all become challenges to the stability of both family and work. Which relationships – if any – will survive?
“Trollope writes about family relationships with intelligence and clear-eyed sympathy, and the outcomes of this terrific novel are always believable as they are surprising. To be relished.”
“Trollope is an extremely assured writer, with a brilliant eye for detail and a finely tuned emotional intelligence ... she writes absorbing, wise stories that dramatise the dilemmas we face. In Balancing Act, she has done it again.”
“Joanna Trollope, whose evocations of human relationships are as ever penetrating and engaging.”
“With her compassion for her characters, Trollope cuts to the quick of family life, and the difference between men and women. I loved it.”
Fanny Blake, Woman & Home, Jan 14
“Nobody writes about family tensions better than Joanna Trollope.”
“A tour de force of family dynamics.”
“Trollope...remains painfully skilled in tracing the faultlines in human relationships.”
“a hugely readable novel…Trollope writes with unflagging skill. She is brilliant at exploring the often unearned sense of entitlement within families”
“A glorious family saga.”
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