Out of Touch

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781474612265

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 1st April 2021

Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Sociology & Anthropology

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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.

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One of those books that had me ignoring my phone, family and sensible bedtimes. Immersive, gorgeously rich and beautifully written. I loved it
I love the way Haleh Agar writes about family and cities and parenthood and sex. Ava and Michael felt completely honest to me, finally a story about siblings I believed! Their fractured relationship really touched me and I think lots of people will relate to it
Luan Goldie, author of NIGHTINGALE POINT
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 LIKE YOU and STARLING DAYS
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
I devoured this brilliant book - it's so wise and astute on families, relationships and the strange ties that bind us. I loved it.
Rachael Lucas, author of THE TELEPHONE BOX LIBRARY
Out of Touch is a deftly intimate, touching story with crisp prose. In this engaging debut, Agar introduces complex characters and their often painful and always moving pursuit for closure, family, belonging, love, and a place to call home.
Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of REMEMBERED
MUST READ... [a] moving debut novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed this great debut about an estranged family, and found the fractured relationships fascinating.
Nina Pottell, PRIMA
Spanning a year, this thoughtful debut tackles both emotional and physical vulnerability while bravely challenging the orthodoxy that we can overcome anything if we only set our minds to it. It's a sensitive portrait of the prickly awkwardness of relations in a fractured family that finds a way of combining down-to-earth realism with compassion and hope.
Stephanie Cross, DAILY MAIL
A riveting and captivating new novel about the complexities of sibling relations.
Heartbreaking and hopeful in equal measures.