The brilliant and incisive new novel from the author of Lives Like Mine...
A deeply affecting novel, In Bloom tells of strength, survival, forgiveness, resilience and determination, and the fierce love and unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters.
Delph has kept herself small and quiet as a form of self-protection, ever since the love of her life Sol’s untimely death left her pregnant and alone at the age of twenty-four. Theirs was such a once-in-a-lifetime love, that the loss of her soulmate broke her heart ‒ and almost broke her, too.
Years on, Delph’s protective bubble bursts when her daughter Roche moves out of the flat Delph shares with her partner Itsy and in with her estranged nan, Moon. Now that it’s just the two of them, the cracks in Delph and Itsy’s relationship begin to grow. Feeling on the outside of the bond between her fierce-yet-flaky tarot-reading mother and volatile martial-arts-champion daughter, Delph begins questioning her own freedom.
Is her life with Itsy all it seems? And has keeping small and safe truly been her choice all these years…?
Praise for In Bloom:
‘I’m a sucker for a mother-daughter tale at the best of times and In Bloom certainly didn’t let me down. Bittersweet, funny, very real. I couldn’t put it down’ Louise Hare
‘Sensitively explores the lives of three generations of women as they search for freedom from guilt and regret. In this novel of hope and love Eva Verde shows that there is always the potential for a second chance’ Sarah Armstrong, author of The Moscow Wolves series
'A beautiful tale of resilience' Heat
'A really powerful, beautifully written story about three generations of working class women with each character so vividly drawn that they leap off the page' Red Online
'Raw and insightful' Good Housekeeping
Praise for Lives Like Mine:
‘Londoner Eva Verde’s Lives Like Mine explores the theme of a school-run affair and the complications and joys it brings to a dual-heritage mother struggling with her intolerant in-laws’ Independent
'A bitter sweet story of longing and self-discovery, of deceit and regret. Visceral, authentic and funny, Eva’s prose reads like something between a conversation and a confession. An exciting new voice and a joy to read' Kit de Waal
‘Eva's writing breaks new ground in a confident and original voice, with a sharp eye for detail, wonderful characterisation and some seriously badass humour’ Yvvette Edwards, author of the Man Booker Prize longlisted novel, A Cupboard Full of Coats
Eva Verde is a writer from East London. Identity, class and female rage are recurring themes throughout her work and her debut novel Lives Like Mine, is published by Simon and Schuster.
Eva's love song to libraries, I Am Not Your Tituba forms part of Kit De Waal’s Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers. Her words have featured in Marie Claire, Grazia, Elle and The Big Issue, also penning the new foreword for the international bestselling author Jackie Collins Goddess of Vengeance.
Eva lives in Essex with her husband, children and dog.
'This is a really powerful, beautifully written story about three generations of working class women with each character so vividly drawn that they leap off the page'
'Treat you head and heart to IN BLOOM. Tender, true, wise and warm but utterly unfliching. It's a book about art and family, love, memory, mental health and what it means to be ourselves which will stay with me always and haunt my thoughts in the most welcome way'
– Rose Ruane
'A powerful mother-daughter tale'
'I loved Verde's debut, LIVES LIKE MINE, and this is just as raw and insightful'
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