Gone to Pieces

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Pub Date 9 May 2024 | Archive Date 2 May 2024

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Description

'Fans of Meg Mason's Sorrow and Bliss will find this bittersweet tale right up their street' The Times

To Do:

  1. Learn to drive on motorways.
  2. Use above skill to run away to France.
  3. Begin new life in France under assumed name.

Rebecca is a wife, mother and the author of an unmanageable number of to do lists.

Her attempts to coerce her life into something she has any hope of controlling are failing. Her family can’t manage without her but she’s starting to think they should. So she makes a decision. Only it doesn’t quite go to plan.

Rebecca finds herself in therapy with a doctor poking around in her brain, asking questions about her childhood. She wants to get better but that means telling someone how she feels. How she really feels.

She’s gone to pieces. Can she put herself back together?

'A moving, honest and raw debut that many women will relate to' The Sun

'Funny, moving and uplifting' Fabulous

'Gone to Pieces deserves to become a modern classic' My Weekly

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What readers are saying about Gone to Pieces:

'A modern-day Bell Jar'

‘What made Gone to Pieces special for me as a reader, was the choice of protagonist – middle-aged wife and mother, Rebecca … proving that women over 50 are the ones who often have the most complex stories’

‘This was a really unusual read but loved it … Thoroughly enjoyable and unique book’

‘I loved that it’s based on a middle-aged woman struggling with her mental health as I don’t think this is covered often. I found Rebecca to be a really likable character and I was really rooting for her the whole way through.’

'Fans of Meg Mason's Sorrow and Bliss will find this bittersweet tale right up their street' The Times

To Do:

  1. Learn to drive on motorways....

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ISBN 9780008550899
PRICE £5.99 (GBP)
PAGES 336

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Featured Reviews

This was a really unusual read but loved it
Enjoyed the humour and the interactions but also was quite moving re the serious side of things and I was really rooting for Rebecca
Great descriptive writing
Thoroughly enjoyable and unique book

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I have a certain affinity for fiction books that portray the experience of therapy. What made "Gone to Pieces" special for me as a reader, was the choice of protagonist - middle-aged wife and mother, Rebecca, whose ways of coping with unaddressed childhood experiences stopped serving her, resulting in a mental breakdown.

Psychiatric treatment that the protagonist receives creates a triple narrative, one that pushes the plot forward in the present day, one that recalls Rebecca's experiences from her childhood and adolescence (written in an unsettling and atmospheric manner, almost to the point that I expected an equivalent of a jump scare), and the other that showcases literaty fiction created by Rebecca, based on her interaction with mental health professionals and patients, giving the story an interesting edge. Slow tempo and interactions with the psychiatrist represent therapeutic process and trauma work really well, including Rebecca's resistance, initial unwillingness to go deeper or even participating in a group.

"Gone to Pieces" utilises an often omitted type of a protagonist, proving that women over 50 are the ones who often have the most complex stories to tell and I'm glad that Rachel Cosyns decided to create such piece of fiction.

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This is a modern day bell jar with the intricacies of a sit com to me. The writing is light and fresh but the content heavy and oh so relateable. I enjoyed this and can’t wait for all to read!

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