HEAD FOR THE EDGE, KEEP WALKING by Kate Tough

HEAD FOR THE EDGE, KEEP WALKING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A woman confronts health problems and the end of a relationship in this debut novel. 

Jill Beech is still reeling from a breakup with her long-term boyfriend. She has the support of her friends and family, but she doesn’t quite know how to stop herself from moping over Angus. When a visit to the colposcopy clinic reveals abnormal cells on her cervix, Jill completes her transition into a full breakdown. She tries her best to ignore or bury her problems for as long as she can, until a cancer diagnosis forces her to finally confront some of her issues. But cancer isn’t the only thing she has to deal with. Between struggling to contribute at work, figuring out when to confront friends and navigating the terrifying world of online dating, Jill has a lot on her plate. The novel is at its best when it explores what is a central issue for many women—fertility. Jill's friends either have, want or don’t want babies, while Jill struggles with her own complicated feelings toward childbearing. Jill can be a frustrating, but it’s satisfying to watch her come into her own and begin to take responsibility for her life and her choices. She’s a wry and funny character who will remind readers of a much more realistic Bridget Jones.

A touching and comedic look at one woman’s journey to create a new life for herself.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-908885-58-6
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Cargo Publishing
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2014




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