Having run away from home, Allison befriends an elderly woman with dementia named Marla who mistakes her for Toffee, an old friend from the past. Touching and tender, Crossan weaves together a story of friendship and self-discovery in prose that will both break your heart and warm it.
- Recommended by Lauren Creed, Dubray Rathmines
The astonishing new novel from the incomparable, multi-award-winning and Laureate na nOg Sarah Crossan.
I am not who I say I am,
and Marla isn't who she thinks she is.
I am a girl trying to forget.
She is a woman trying to remember.
Allison has run away from home and with nowhere to live finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn't empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there - and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee.
Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be.
But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself - where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?