Winner of the Scelte di classe 2019
Zoe Bird is going nowhere fast. She’s angry and lonely, and her only true friend is her granny, whose Alzheimer’s is worsening. When her parents put Granny in a home, Zoe decides now is the time to break free. She smuggles Granny out and together they hit the tracks on a cross-country trip to find Zoe’s long-lost uncle. But there will be some home truths along the way. . .
An emotional story about family, surviving school and being true to yourself for fans of The Art of Being Normal and Unbecoming.
"The Way Back Home is a heartfelt, riveting novel from a master of his craft"
"I love this book — a riveting page-turner full of likeable, flawed, believable people. It’s beautiful, heartbreaking, yet wonderfully funny. Stratton writes some of the wittiest dialogue in YA fiction today."
"The Way Back Home is raw, funny, brutal and profoundly humane. It broke my heart and then healed it again"
"Terrific. I read it in one big gulp. Does Stratton have an ear for dialogue or what? His splendid new novel involves a journey from a painful past into something like, well, utter grace. Like all of Stratton's work, this is a read that makes us recognise the pilgrimages we are all on, and cheer at the thought that they might, they really might, be successful."
"An emotional story of survival, loss, family and memory... a thought-provoking book that is both shocking and funny in equal measure"