When recently widowed Deborah Maxwell is assigned by the Scottish Refugee Council to act as mentor to Abdi Hassan, a Somali refugee, the two are drawn into an awkward friendship.
They must spend a year together, meeting once a month in different parts of Glasgow.
As recently-widowed Deborah opens Abdi's eyes to her beloved city and its people, he teaches her about the importance of family - and of laying your ghosts to rest.
All Abdi has brought with him is his four-year-old daughter, Rebecca, who lives in a silence no one can reach.
Until, one day, she starts talking. And they discover why she had stopped...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 13/02/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781408832738