Little Prisons

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Pub Date 23 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 23 Jun 2022

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When you can't get out, let kindness in.

In a non-descript building in a gentrifying corner of London, Penny is doing daily battle with her mind. She is convinced that the world beyond her door is too dangerous for her, though her heart knows it isn't. Penny's neighbour, Carla, an American expat and single mother of two teens, has lived in a coercive relationship for many years, too worn down by her controlling husband to escape her situation. Mable, Penny's upstairs neighbour, an elderly Jamaican pensioner and devout Jehovah's Witness, has sacrificed everything for her faith, including her relationship with her family. And Woman, the housekeeper and nanny on the second floor, has been trafficked. When she is not cleaning and cooking, she works in the laundrette the landlord owns on the ground floor, a hidden slave in full view of the public.

Through grocery deliveries, glimpses through windows, and overheard conversations in the stairwell, the women come to know each other. Their small acts of compassion help them each find a way to mend the broken paths in their lives.

When you can't get out, let kindness in.

In a non-descript building in a gentrifying corner of London, Penny is doing daily battle with her mind. She is convinced that the world beyond her door is too...


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It's not a heartwarming book, it's book that moved me to tears and made hope for the best for all these women.
There's tragedy but there's hope. Their life are full of fear but kindness is something that go over fear.
The sweet cover is a bit tricky as you expect a sweet story featuring cats, you get a complex and emotionally charged story about troubled women.
But it's worth the effort as the author can write and is an excellent storyteller.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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I've just finished reading this and I'm simply overwhelmed by how good it is. The characters, the relationships, the pain, the research. Many passages made me cry (as did When I ran Away).

The story takes place just before and in the early days of the pandemic and is focussed on four women: Penny, Carla, Mabel and Woman ( unnamed) and the various ways in which they are imprisoned inside their own lives and a small block of flats.. Mental health issues, domestic violence, loneliness and human trafficking/ slavery don't make comfortable reading but the writing is excellent and never iver wrought. I grew to love these women and was rooting for them all.

This could be my book of the year.

Bannister is a skilled and talented writer. Thank you for the opportunity read this ahead of publication.

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