Artichoke Hearts

(2 reviews with an average rating of 5 out of 5)

Publisher: Macmillan

Mira is 12, and reaches puberty at exactly the point where her beloved, artistic grandmother enters the final stage of cancer. Together they face a new stage in their life with courage. Mira also experiences love for the first time, but her friend Jidé is a complex and reserved boy whose story is gradually revealed.

Mira's long friendship with Millie appears challenged, but this empathetic account of the process of bereavement, a month’s diary, reassures readers that we grow from our experiences, however painful they are.

Brahmachari’s debut novel is funny, sad, tender and tough. She has a background in theatre, and writes with great understanding and humour about multicultural and bohemian families, drawn in many directions by myriad influences.

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