"A compelling read... with an unforgettably powerful climax." Rosalind Kerven in the Northern Echo.
Facing the Light
An extended family gathers in late August to celebrate the seventy-fifth birthday of its formidable matriarch, Leonora. She is the daughter of the famous Edwardian painter, Ethan Walsh, whose paintings are kept at the family home, Willow Court in Wiltshire.At Leonora's house party will be her two daughters, Gwen and Rilla whom she raised alone after she was widowed in her late twenties; Rilla's stepdaughter, Beth; and Gwen's husband and three children with their spouses and lovers. One outsider joins the group: Sean Everard, a television director who is making a documentary about the life and work of Ethan Walsh.
All families have their dark side and Leonora's is no exception. By the time the guests have left and the marquee is dismantled and everyone goes their separate ways, two shocking past events have come to light, to rock complacency and change forever the lives of Leonora and her daughters.
"A real lose-yourself-in-it book, Facing the Light has everything.....a not-to-be-missed treat." Penny Vincenzi in Escape Fiction club catalogue.
"A hugely enjoyable read...if you like Wesley and Howard or Binchy and Pilcher even, you will love this book....this is about as good as popular fiction gets." Amy Matheson in the Scotsman.
"Geras assuredly draws the reader into this deeply involving grade A sage which has a grip that's impossible to shake off." Fanny Blake in Woman and Home.
"You'll be hooked from the start and when you've finished it, you'll wish you hadn't." Company magazine.
"This is a beautiful chiaroscuro of a novel, filled with truly artistic detail and a well-paced interwoven plot." Rhiannon Lassiter in Armadillo magazine.
"Glorious family story..." Hello! magazine
"Beautifully crafted, it's a story to become immersed in." Choice magazine.
"Each chapter peels back layers of riveting family history ... an enthralling and beautifully written mystery ... maintains the sense of suspense through each spellbinding page. Exciting and moving in equal measure, it is destined to become a classic." Good Book Guide
"Here Geras has, at nearly 60, proven that she too can pen a novel in which the principal actors are all grown up...Thankfully, Geras has not seen fit to jettison the techniques mastered in years of writing for a more demanding young audience. Plot and moral message ring crystal clear, and her adult characters, like teenage protagonists, feel the need to come of age; although they grow and change by grasping the nature of the past rather than by figuring out the present" Helen Falconer, The Guardian
"An enjoyable and entertaining read from an accomplished storyteller" Time Out
"The evident enjoyment and ease with which the author manipulates her material will give a lot of pleasure. Sympathetic and experienced, she knows just how to balance character with story and how to lure readers into her web." Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times.
"Geras certainly knows how to create a storm of tension in a rose-painted fine china teacup....her readers will feel they've joined in search of answers to a host of intriguing, irresistible questions." Madeleine Kingsley, Jewish Chronicle.
"Facing the Light holds the reader's attention to the last sentence. I couldn't put the book down... All very skilfully and subtly done." Anne Torode, newBOOKSmag
The distinguished flautist, Karin Leitner, has composed music for Facing the Light. Here's a short extract and a trailer for the book."