Discover the highly anticipated, remarkable and fearless, The Consequences of Love, brought to you by Penguin.
Seven-year-old Gavanndra Hodge's life is a precarious place. Her father is a hairdresser and drug dealer to Chelsea's most decadent inhabitants; her mother an alcoholic ex-model. So, it is up to Gavanndra to keep her little sister Candy safe.
But when Candy dies suddenly on holiday aged nine, Gavanndra's family, already so fragile and damaged, implodes.
Now a mother herself, and with only memories of Candy's awful final moments, Gavanndra embarks on a journey to write her way back to the little girl whose death tore her family apart.
The Consequences of Love is a story of loss and recovery, trauma and memory. It is a joyous and compelling account of the strength of the love between sisters and how nothing is ever truly lost if we are brave enough to return to where we began.
© Gavanndra Hodge 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020
Unflinchingly honestly. A beautiful book . . . everyone should read it
There are scenes that will reduce you to tears, but there's also humour, forgiveness and uplifting optimism [...] by the end of this dazzling debut you just want to give her a huge cheer for coming through
Wise and moving . . . this memoir is an acknowledgment that love demands a price
By turns painful and joyful, this beautiful book has plenty of poignant lessons to teach us about grief and love
Gavanndra writes beautifully, her words are unsentimental but very lyrical [...] I loved this book and my tears fell into the bath as I read it
A devastating, heart-breaking and magnificent meditation on the function of memory. It will stay with me forever, so beautifully written
A completely unforgettable and unique family memoir. A total cliché but I honestly couldn't put it down
A real tear-jerker
'Beautifully-written, calm-but-utterly-compelling life-story of trauma and healing... the author seems lovely and I want to be her pal!'
At a time when so many families are losing loved ones, and are denied even the scant comfort funerals provide, there is no more poignant moment for this book to appear