Julia has fallen deeply, unexpectedly in love. James is everything she never knew she wanted – if only her beloved teenage daughter Gwen didn’t hate him so much. Uniting two households is never easy, but Gwen’s struggle for independence will test her mother’s loyalty, and will come to threaten their fragile new happiness.
The Awkward Age is a moving and powerful novel about the new family; about starting over, about love, guilt and generosity, about building something beautiful amid the mess and complexity of what came before. It is a story about standing by the ones we love, even while they hurt us. We would give anything to make our children happy. But how much should we let them get away with?