A passionate coming-of-age novel reminscent of John Irving, about how a young girl copes in an eccentric family after the accidental death of her parents at a funfair.
When six-year-old Elray reaches up to touch the moon in the Tunnel of Love, she narrowly escapes a freak electric current that claims the lives of both her parents. Suddenly orphaned, she is left stunned and mute, until two loving but undomesticated uncles step in.
Cross-dressing Uncle Ajax insists on being addressed as 'Aunt'; Uncle Harwood is a macho photographer, full of swagger and fond of drink. When the deceptively sweet Irish lawyer Rena moves in to mount a lucrative lawsuit against the fairground, the eccentric household becomes the very model of family life reinvented.
“'This quirky novel is a must for Kate Atkinson and John Irving fans who are fond of a surreal read'”
“'A lovely tale of teenage love and companionship in a world where all adults seem insane'”
“'An extraordinary journey through the life of an extraordinary family, chronicled by a child-woman you will not forget'”
Anne Rivers Siddons
“'Leslie Marshall ... is the Homer of dysfunctional modern family life. This is the best first novel I've read in years'”
“'Make sure you have a lot of time on your hands before you open Lesley Marshall's debut novel, A Girl Could Stand Up. You'll find it hard to tear yourself away'”
“'A page-turner that will disarm and charm. A stand-out talent'”
“'Utterly real...rendered with truthfulness and charm'”
Los Angeles Times
“'Lively, slightly breathless comic narrative...this game is worth the candle'”
Sunday Canberra Times
“'Fun, funny, fast-paced' ”
“'Distinctive debut novel' ”
“'An atmosphere of crazy cheerfulness...undercut by moments of poignancy...a pleasure to read'”