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A new novel explores the awkwardness that comes with ageing

Francesca Segal’s second novel is exuberant and entertaining

By Matthew Adams   August 2017

The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal (Chatto & Windus, £14.99)

Francesca Segal’s exuberant and entertaining second novel is concerned with the nature of filial and parental responsibility. It addresses this question by telling the stories of four characters who, when the story opens, form two familial units that are attempting to become one. Julia Alden is a widow who lives in north London with her teenage daughter, Gwen. James Fuller is an attractive American doctor who has a teenage son by the name of Nathan.

James and Julia have recently embarked on…

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