From the publisher:
From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting, warm and beautiful novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers—one an illegal Nigerian refugee; the other a recent widow from suburban London.
Published in more than twenty countries, Chris Cleave’s first novel, Incendiary, won a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and was an Observer Book of the Year and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Incendiary is also a major feature film, starring Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams, to be released in 2008.
The Other Hand tells the story of two very different women—a young refugee from the Nigerian delta and a suburban English housewife—whose lives collided years ago on a beach in Africa. Told in alternating voices, with humanity and humour, the story follows the course of their friendship as they struggle to save themselves and each other from the cruelties of life. In the end, their bond will face the ultimate test when each woman must make a devastating decision.
From the author:
Thank you so much for reading The Other Hand, a novel I feel very tenderly about. I hope you enjoy it! You are among the first readers of the novel in the world, and you are certainly the first book club to take it, so this is going to be a critical experience for me in more than one sense. Your reaction to the novel will help me in two direct ways - when I’m answering journalists’ questions about it over the coming months; and when I’m working on my current writing project. I take readers’ feedback to heart – you are the only teachers I have and your engagement is the only way I can make myself better, so I am truly grateful for any comments you have. And if you have any questions, I will be very pleased to answer them in the forum.
Having thanked you for your engagement, I would also like to thank Waterstone’s for their support. Waterstone’s is a unique retailer, run by people who genuinely love books and enjoy working with readers to seek out the best ones. From talking with them I know they make this work because they respect readers as much as writers do, which is all a writer can ask of a bookseller. Thank you.
Chris Cleave, 25th June 2008
Read more about Chris on his author page