Author(s): Joanna Trollope
Four strong women. All working in a family business. But what happens when they begin to want different things? And what about the men - and the children - in their lives? Susie Moran has always been the breadwinner in her family. Her husband was the one who was there for their three girls. But now he wants something of his past back - the life he had before Susie's career took off, before they had children. And those children don't see their mother's business the way she has always seen it, thereby threatening the balance she has worked so hard to achieve. And then, amidst the simmering tensions, someone significant from the past, someone almost forgotten, turns up. The problems of the past, the present, and the future all become challenges to the stability of both family and work. Which relationships - if any - will survive?
Family and business, husbands and wives, parents and children It's always a balancing act...
"Trollope writes about family relationships with intelligence and clear-eyed sympathy, and the outcomes of this terrific novel are always believable as they are surprising. To be relished." The Times "Trollope is an extremely assured writer, with a brilliant eye for detail and a finely tuned emotional intelligence ... she writes absorbing, wise stories that dramatise the dilemmas we face. In Balancing Act, she has done it again." Sunday Times "Joanna Trollope, whose evocations of human relationships are as ever penetrating and engaging." Daily Express "With her compassion for her characters, Trollope cuts to the quick of family life, and the difference between men and women. I loved it." -- Fanny Blake Woman & Home, Jan 14 "Nobody writes about family tensions better than Joanna Trollope." Good Housekeeping
Joanna Trollope began writing when she was first pregnant, and working as a teacher. For years, she combined both careers, writing in the evenings "to fill the spaces after the children had gone to bed". She has written eighteen bestselling novels, whose common theme is the nature of modern relationships, especially within families. Her own family is extremely important to her. She is the eldest of three, has two daughters, two stepsons and nine grandchildren. Joanna was appointed OBE for services to literature in 1996. She lives in London.