Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections set on the South Coast on England, where the nuclear family explodes.
A beautifully rendered family drama set in England between the 1940s and the present, following the life of Martha, a woman who has swum the English Channel ten times, and the complex relationships she has with her husband, her children and her close friends.
The one constant in Martha’s life is the sea, which offers an escape from her responsibilities as a wife and a mother, consolation when she becomes ill and comfort when her husband succumbs to dementia.
The Last Wave is a wholly authentic, tragicomic portrait of family life as it is buffeted by sickness, intolerance, anger, failure and regret. This mature and compelling new voice offers a novel soaked in empathy and salt water.
‘As in the sea so in life, we are sometimes submerged and fight to rise, sometimes carried and lifted by others to less shifting ground. In this deftly-woven and haunting debut novel, Gillian Best brings us, in many voices and across and through time, those who are submerged and carried, who fight and rise.’ Tania Hershman, author of Some of Us Glow More Than Others and My Mother Was An Upright Piano