By Nick Gill
Friday, March 23, 2012
AN AUTHOR will be talking about her latest novel in Letchworth GC next week.
Kathy Lette’s The Boy Who Fell to Earth is a quirky tender story of a mother’s love for her son - and of a love affair that, due to psychological speed bumps, has no chance of ever running smoothly.
The novel, which draws on her personal experiences of Asperger’s, centres on mother Lucy and her autistic son Merlin.
Since Merlin’s father, the reserved, cerebral, workaholic Jeremy, left them in the lurch shortly after Merlin’s diagnosis, Lucy has made her son the centre of her world. Struggling with the joys and tribulations of raising her adorable yet challenging child, Lucy doesn’t have room for any other man in her life - so why bother even trying to find one?
But when Lucy realises she’s becoming increasingly cynical about life - the woman’s turned into an alien from Planet Doom, according to her sister - she finally resolves to dip a badly pedicured toe back into the world of dating.
Thanks to Merlin’s quirky and embarrassing candor, things don’t go quite to plan. Yet just as Lucy is resolved to the solitary sexless life of an amoeba, the most imperfectly perfect man for her and her son lands on her doorstep. But then, so does Jeremy, begging for forgiveness and a second chance.
Lette will be speaking about The Boy Who Fell to Earth and signing copies at David’s Bookshop in Eastcheap on Thursday, March 29, from 7.30pm.
Tickets are £3 but are redeemable against the price of the book. Call the bookshop on 01462 684631 to reserve a space.