For fans of the luminous and emotional story-telling of Maggie O'Farrell and Kim Edwards, Mary Grehan's Love is the Easy Bit goes on a shattering and exhilarating journey that will resonate with anyone who has questioned how they have ended up in the life they have.
For eleven years Sylvia Larkin has been a mother - and she knows, deep down, that she's no good at it. Seeing her husband's loving relationship with their daughter Kate, she believes she's simply been going through the motions. She feels disconnected, an outsider - a total fake.
When a former lover turns up, reminding her of the striking young artist she once was and the life she gave up, Sylvia is finally tipped into despair and nearly destroys her own world, and that of her family.
Coming so close to the edge, however, allows Sylvia to face the truth about who she was and who she is now. She realizes she must try to fix the family she's given up on. It is a journey of heartbreak, challenge and painful surprises. And for Sylvia, her husband and Kate it is one in which the destination will remain unknown until they get there . . .
'Love. It feels like a word from science class that you nod along to but don't really understand,' Sylvia says. And anyone who has ever felt the strangeness and wonder of being in a role that doesn't quite fit will be captivated and moved by Sylvia's journey into the heart of being a wife, mother and daughter.
Mary Grehan trained as an artist and now works as an arts manager and curator. She has travelled widely, lived in many places and is now based in Co Waterford. Love is the Easy Bit is her first novel