The Sound Mirror

2020. Bluemoose Books

‘The Sound Mirror by Heidi James has just the right mix of dark and light, of reveal and conceal. Slick, agile, powerful and brilliant.’ Sara Baume

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Tamara is going to kill her mother, but she isn’t a monster. She just has to finish what began at birth and put an end to the damage encoded in her blood.

Quitting her job in Communications, Tamara dresses carefully and hires a car to visit her mother for the last time. Accompanied by a chorus of ancestors, she is harried by voices from the past and the future that reveal the secrets of these women’s lives that continue to echo through her own. Is Tamara fated to make the same mistakes as her ancestors or can she break the cycle and lead her own life, and on her terms too?

The Sound Mirror is a haunting novel that avoids classification. Spanning three generations from British Occupied India to Southern England, Heidi James has crafted a moving examination of class, war, violence and shame from the rich details of ordinary lives.

The Sound Mirror was the Republic of Consciousness Prize book of the month.

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