Isa and May
An engaging, intriguing novel which will appeal straight to Margaret Forster's heartland, about a young woman, her two very different grandmothers, Isa and May, and the secrets that families keep.
Isamay's unusual name comes from her two very different grandmothers, Isa and May, who were both present at her birth and who have both formed and influenced her whole life in very particular ways. Now almost thirty, Isamay is trying to write a thesis about grandmothers in history but is instead constantly ambushed by the startling secrets her own family has been keeping. When disturbing truths are revealed that force Isamay to examine her own certainties, will her grandmothers be able to build a bridge across the generations?
Praise for Isa and May
Enjoyable and memorableSue Gaisford, Financial Times
[Forster] has written so brilliantly about female relationships... she can encapsulate a whole scene in a single sentence... [a] whole rich, fascinating novelKate Saunders, Literary Review
A deliciously observed, dilemma-and-drama-packed readHelen Brown, Daily Mail
Sensitive and intelligent novel with passages of beautifully modulated pathos, while being in part, hugely funnyMatthew Dennison, The Times
A compelling story, sometimes funny, sometimes painfully sad ... All family life is here, messy, insistent and, as the author convincingly shows, as essential as breathingPenny Perrick, Sunday Times
Curious, compelling storySunday Telegraph
Margaret Forster has always had the enviable gift of making her characters spring to life, and both Isa and May do just thatAllan Massie, The Scotsman
Margaret Forster's professional skills and accomplishment are to the fore, as usualPaul Bailey, Independent
A compelling portrait of family lifeBig Issue North
In a classic Forster novel about class and generational upheaval, here the author writes tenderly about the influence of grandmothers and their desire, as Sand put it, to "stuff" their grandchildren "with happiness"Emma Hagestadt, Independent
Captivating... Like a beloved granny's visit, we're a little bit sorry to see the end approachingIrish Times
This rich novel, full of pathos, concerns the unbridgeable gaps between generationsDaily Telegraph