Mothers and Daughters by Kate Long

Reviewed by Emma Hagestadt
Click to follow
The Independent Culture

After the The Bad Mother's Handbook, Kate Long's highly readable family dramas have long since outgrown their cheery chick-lit packaging. Her latest book gets to the heart of a very contemporary crisis - how grandparents fare in the aftermath of divorce. Carol, the novel's narrator, married young to the philandering Phil. When her own daughter, Jaz, faces a similar situation, she can't stand to see history repeat itself. In a clumsy attempt to bring the warring couple back together, she ends up losing contact with her cherished grandson but gaining a new suave love interest. A storyteller in the Joanna Trollope league, Long writes astutely and comically about the complexities of motherhood and the second chance offered by granny-dom.