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April Book Club: Out of Touch

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Out of Touch by Haleh Agar is a powerful tale of betrayal and abandonment from a stunning new voice. Our giveaway has now closed. If you receive a book, please remember that you will need to leave your thoughts and questions for the author on this thread by the end of April.

When a brother and sister receive a letter from the father they have't seen in twenty years, they must confront long-buried tensions in ways that will change them for ever. A man hit Ava with his car, a few miles from her bungalow. He brings her flowers in hospital, and offers to do her laundry. He also brings her the letter she dropped that night on the road.

In New York, Ava's brother Michael receives the same letter. He thinks about it as he steps out of the shower into his curtainless bedroom. A naked woman stares at him from the apartment across. They both laugh and cover up with their arms. 

Brother and sister cannot avoid the letter: their estranged father is dying and wants to meet. Can they forgive their father, and face each other after all these years apart? Will new unexpected friends offer the advice and comfort they need? With sharp wit and sensitivity, Out of Touch is a deeply absorbing story about love and vulnerability, sex and power, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Praise for Out of Touch:

"Out of Touch is a careful examination of sibling relations, the rips in family life, and the choices that must be made after a person finds themselves to be an adult. Raw and hopeful, this book is about what pulls us apart and what keeps us together" - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Life You and Starling Days 

"One of those books that had me ignoring my phone, family and sensible bedtimes. Immersive, gorgeously rich and beautifully written. I loved it" - Lia Louis, author of Somewhere Close To Happy

"A brilliant meditation on the bonds of kinship.  Agar delivers this potent, intricate tale with scalpel like precision and tenderness" - Irenosen Okojie, author of Nudibranch


All copies of Out of Touch have now been allocated. Don't forget if you recieve a copy through the book club giveaway then you'll need to leave your questions and feedback for Haleh by the end of April on the designated thread


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