We are very lucky in Fairfield to have so many authors living in the area. A lot of them write for children but Fran Cusworth writes for adults. She writes about relationships and families, and children always feature prominently in them. Her new book, Sisters of Spicefield is about a family who after having four children with the help of IVF, donate an embryo to a couple, whom they have met, but don’t really know. All is fine until their youngest child dies, and then the child born from the donated embryo turns up at the same school. Jessica, still grieving from the loss of her youngest child is suddenly confronted with the gorgeous Mia, who looks so much like her other children that she can hardly bear it. Mia’s mother Carolyn has separated from the husband who had been part of the package when the donation was made, and is now involved with a souped up ex sports star, and is emotionally fragile. All of which makes Jessica even more interested in the welfare of Mia.
All of this is against the background of the busy lives of modern families. Work, children, school committees and all the usual aspects that make up our day to day lives are here, some of which make dealing with the bigger picture very difficult. The embryo donation quandary is given a new twist in this book, and together with Kylie Ladd’s latest book Into My Arms, bring up some interesting issues on the topic.
We will be having both Fran and Kylie at an event at Northcote Library on Thursday 25th July at 7pm where they will talk about their books, and how they came to write them. Come along to listen, buy a book and meet the authors. Bring your book group and get the conversation going.