Jack & Bet

Sarah Butler

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18 February 2021
9781509898176
272 pages
Synopsis

'A tender, unsentimental exploration of the bittersweet joys of lifelong companionship' Daily Mail

Even the longest marriages have their secrets . . .


Jack and Bet have been married for seventy years. Happily so, for the most part. Now, all they want is to enjoy the time they have left together in their small flat. But their son Tommy has other ideas: he thinks they should move out and opt for round-the-clock care in a very different kind of home.

When a young Romanian woman, Marinela, enters their lives, Bet thinks she might have found a solution to all of their problems; one that could change Marinela’s life for the better. But doing so would mean confronting a long-buried secret Bet has kept hidden from everyone, even Jack, for decades.

An irresistibly moving story about love and loss, Sarah Butler's Jack & Bet is at once a story of unlikely friendship and a tender look at a lifelong struggle to find a place to call home.

'Full of beauty, pain and joy, I loved Jack & Bet' – Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us

A tender, unsentimental exploration of the bittersweet joys of lifelong companionship, beautifully capturing the pangs of ageing and the treacheries of time

Daily Mail

Full of beauty, pain and joy, I loved Jack & Bet

Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us

A moving yet unsentimental story about family and love and the secrets we live with

Paul McVeigh, author of The Good Son