Our Child of Two Worlds completes the story begun in my much-praised debut, Our Child of the Stars. It will be published in the UK on Thursday 31 March 2022, in hardback, eBook and audiobook. Please preorder it to avoid disappointment.
I am going to be busy promoting the book and talking about various aspects of it.
No spoilers here
Small-town USA, entering the Seventies. A childless couple Gene and Molly adopt a strange, wounded child of the stars they call Cory. Molly is the main narrative voice – a passionate nurse fighting for her own extraordinary child. Cory is gentle, vibrant, excitable, endlessly curious and loving – and come from yet his otherworldly origins. bring both joy and danger
In Our Child of Two Worlds a figure from the past brings uncomfortable truths and Gene and Molly face the terrifying loss of everything they took for granted. A divided Earth is under threat – humanity needs Cory’s people to return to save the Earth – but if his people take him back, it will break Molly’s heart.
My writing offers hope, optimism, and a taste of humour, but still facing up to the dark and difficult side of life. I think books can create worlds a bit different from ours, and still be truthful, providing the characters feel real. It was fantastic how well the books landed with readers of all genres. I hope I make people think, but it’s always a good story, not a sermon.
It’s not about the pandemic, at least not directly.
Here’s a few thoughts to whet your appetite.
The stakes are higher than before – for the characters and the Earth. Gene, Molly, Cory and baby Fleur face hatred, danger, and separation. I liked my agent’s summary of the first book
…a big Hollywood canvas and an intense family focus, emotionally devastating, funny and charming all at once’
So to reassure you, the big picture stuff is seen through the family’s eyes.
I bring in three memorable new characters I’m very proud of to make life even more complicated.
It’s an end of the world novel in several respects. It was an era with a real threat of nuclear war and a growing understanding of how humanity could destroy the environment.
Add to that, there are malign forces in space which could destroy a squabbling Earth. At that time the superpowers were edging towards more normal relations – the President whose career was built on fighting communism is about to visit China. Is there enough sense of common humanity (or love for nature) to unite?
As ever, it asks what we owe each other in this life. As ever, how people disagree makes the world what it is.
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