Beautifully written, extraordinarily powerful, One Two wins the 2017
Millennium Book Award
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University was years ago, but Faye's heart still belongs to her first love from her days as a student. She knows Jack might have moved on, but when she decides to try and track him down nothing prepares her for the news that he's killed himself.
With the fragility of life staring them in the face, Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage and Faye her friendship with Ethan. And poor Olivia is questioning everything - including why Jack's death has hit Beth the hardest. Is she about to take her own life too?
Emotionally challenging and highly original The Second Cup proves a powerful debut for Graye and a hard book to put down. It’s a story about what happens when the relationships between people are irrevocably impacted by suicide with Graye admirably exploring the unique and confusing nature of loss. It is often said that grief is an indescribable feeling that words inadequately convey but in examining the relationship between Faye, Beth, Olivia and Abby, Graye convincingly portrays it in an honest and emotive way that will leave all but the coldest of hearts untouched. Through flashbacks and sublimes prose, she weaves an overwhelmingly authentic and mesmerising narrative that’s truly immersive and creates a powerful sense of presence. Characters and settings come to life without succumbing to pitiful clichés to deliver a vivid portrayal of grief and intimate relations with flawed characters working together in order to get back on their feet and on this level Graye has delivered a novel that is both powerful and sincere.
Debut’s like this are few and far between and by any stretch of the imagination The Second Cup is an exceptional read. Raising high expectations of Graye and her future releases. It is recommended without reservation.
Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. One of five daughters, to the outside world Sarah Marie's childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing... until aged 9, when she was diagnosed with depression. It's a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision. Now in her early 40s, and with an MA Creative Writing from London South Bank University (where she was the vice-chancellor's scholarship holder), Sarah Marie has published her debut novel - about family, friendships and mental health.