The Confusion of Karen Carpenter
Having the same name as a '70s pop icon is just the start of Karen Carpenter's problems...
Her longstanding boyfriend has just dumped her (via a letter sellotaped to the kettle); her infuriating mum has come to stay to look after her, driving her mad in the process; and the close and sympathetic scrutiny of her colleagues at the school where she's a special needs teacher is becoming too much to bear.
No wonder Karen Carpenter is confused. But not one to mope around, Karen decides that the best way to get over her ex is to pick herself up and get back out there on the dating scene - not that easy after a relationship of 11 years.
It's a novel of joyful, riotous comedy, which deepens to embrace serious subjects with courage, sensitivity and compassion. It will make you laugh, and then cry.
What the reviewers say
Choke-on-your-popcorn funny - Stylist
A lovely book; a total page-turner, very entertaining, then very moving - Marian Keyes
About the author
Jonathan Harvey comes from Liverpool and is the creator and writer of the Bafta-nominated sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme. and the sell-out play and film Beautiful Thing.
He is one of Coronation Street's star writers, and his other TV work includes Rev, Shameless, The Catherine Tate Show and Murder Most Horrid. He wrote the 2001 stage musical Closer To Heaven with the Pet Shop Boys. Jonathan's first novel, All She Wants, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2012.
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