What Red Was


A sophisticated and conversation-starting novel of modern love, sexual violence and toxic inheritance from a brilliant new literary voice.

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Throughout their four years at university, Kate and Max are inseparable. For him, she breaks her solitude; for her, he leaves his busy circles behind. But loving Max means knowing his family, the wealthy Rippons, all generosity, social ease and quiet repression.
Theirs is not Kate’s world. At their London home, just after graduation, her life is shattered apart in a bedroom while a party goes on downstairs. What Red Was explores the effects of trauma on mind and body, the tyrannies of memory, the sacrifices involved in staying silent, the courage of a young woman in speaking out.
And when Kate does, this question: whose story is it now?
Hardback; 304 pages; 566g;>