A marvellous exploration of our ways of seeing, Everything the Light Touches brings together people and places that seem, at first, far removed from each other in time and place. Yet as we discover, all is resonance, all is connection.
Lucie Yi has tried love – it didn’t work. She’s decided that finding Mr. Right is a myth, and that finding Mr. Right-enough-to-have-children-with is the next best option. When she meets easy-going Collin Read on a platonic co-parenting website, it finally feels like she has found her version of happily ever after.
But things take a turn for the worse when they move back home to Singapore where her very traditional family awaits, leaving Lucie to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for a chance at happiness – and maybe, love.
Meet Jen. Flight attendant. Mum to a grown-up daughter. Permanently single.
Age: Fifty (gulp)
Number of children: One
Number of husbands: Zero (it’s complicated)
Number of failed first dates in the last month: Too depressing to contemplate
Number of tickets for a romantic, once-in-a-lifetime trip: Two
Number of days left to find her Mr. Right to take on holiday: Quickly running out…
A mystery lies behind the door of apartment three at No.12 rue des Amants. This is a beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine. Nothing goes unseen here, and everyone has a story to unlock. Between the watchful concierge, the scorned lover, the prying journalist, the naïve student, and the unwanted guest, who holds the key to this mystery?
Three retired teachers meet up every week for their 'coffee o'clock' sessions. One fateful week they bump into their ex-colleague and by next week she is dead. Getting involved in a murder was the last thing these three ladies imagined but they know there's more than meets the eye in this case and it's down to them to prove it.
Two people attending a wedding in a lavish Tuscan castle realise their suitcases are all wrong. In place of his shirts are makeup-palettes and bikinis and instead of her dresses, her bag now holds shirts and chinos. Could a fateful meeting to switch their bags back be the start of something special?
Personal essays from acclaimed and upcoming Nigerian writers detail the realities and contradictions of patriotism, examine the role of class and privilege in Nigerian society, juxtapose inherited tradition with the diasporic experience and explore the power of storytelling and its intrinsic link to Nigeria’s history. Within these pages, the writers share memories and experiences of Nigeria that can be found nowhere else, bringing to the fore a country whose influence can be found everywhere.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
When a stranger utters these words to Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, it turns her highly ordered life upside down, leading her to ask the question she’s been avoiding for so long: who are the people who made her the way she is? And who are the five people who can shape and determine her future?
Just as she once joined the freckles on her skin to mirror the constellations in the night sky, she must once again look for connections.
When Leah Talbot has an accident on a deserted road near her village, she knocks on the door of the house with a light on. A charming man answers and invites her in, offering to help with the police and a car service. But when she returns the next morning to say thank you, it’s the police who answer the door. There’s been a murder with the female homeowner and sole resident lying dead in a pool of her blood. There's no sign of the man… until he comes looking for Leah.
A new mother and an octogenarian widower are feeling the weight of loneliness harder to bear with each passing moment. When the world seems to be forever clouded under dark skies, can they bring themselves to find purpose once again?
Suzy is having a bad day when a shabby dog turns up at her door, changing her world in unexpected ways. However, it seems Suzy isn’t the only one who needs a furry friend to brighten up her life.
Eudora Honeysett is eighty-five-years old and believe she is done with this world, until ten-year-old Rose Trewidney moves in next door in a riot of colour and sparkling cheer. Can Eudora ignore this little girl's offer of friendship and continue with her plans to end her life on her own terms?