A House for Alice

A House for Alice

From the Women’s Prize shortlisted author of Ordinary People

Summary

'A stunning multi-generational kaleidoscope of London' Bernardine Evaristo

'A wise, tender novel about family and love' Monica Ali


After fifty years in London, Alice wants to return to Nigeria, but her children are divided on whether she should stay or go.

Alice’s daughters Melissa, Carol and Adele are in conflict. Their father’s sudden death has left behind a web of secrets and resentments, but can they put their differences aside to grant their mother her wish?

Meanwhile Melissa has never quite let go of a love she lost, and in return her ex-husband Michael, is haunted by the failed perfection of the past.

As Alice’s final decision draws closer, all that is hidden between Melissa and her siblings, and Michael, and his new wife Nicole, rises to the surface…

'Heart and humour in abundance . . . The people on the page are real and raw' The Times

'So arresting, characterful, and so beautiful' Candice Carty-Williams

'I adored it. Her writing is exquisite: every sentence a jewel' Elizabeth Day

Reviews

  • Evans's writing is...subtle but grounded, lyrical yet accessible. Her characters feel real, their interactions - particularly that tense space where the political and domestic meet - nuanced
    Sunday Times

About the author

Diana Evans

Diana Evans is the author of the novels 26a, The Wonder, Ordinary People and A House for Alice. She was the inaugural winner of the Orange Award for New Writers for 26a, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel, the Guardian First Book, the Commonwealth Best First Book and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Ordinary People won the 2019 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Rathbones Folio Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, for which A House for Alice was also a finalist. A former dancer, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her journalism and nonfiction appearing in Time magazine, the Guardian, Vogue and the Financial Times among others. She lives in London.


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