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Genre: Commercial Women's Fiction
This is How You Get Better
Life is like an etch-a-sketch. It’s only ever clear when it’s brand new. After that, no matter how much you wipe over the previous stuff, you can always see the scratch lines, and it never looks the same again.
In survival mode following a messy separation, Lara Abdel-Aziz is estranged from her family and out of touch with her best friend Samira. Making ends meet by working a dead-end job at a fast-food shop, she also sings at a local bar, where she enjoys the freedom to be whoever she likes. Bar owner Leo is good company, but her only other interactions are with her mostly absent flatmate Icky, and her neighbour Angela, who owns a New Age store and desperately wants Lara to get in touch with her higher self.
After a break-in at work forces Lara into counselling, and an encounter with an old friend leads to an unexpected connection, she must start to unpack the events of her life and make peace with the past. But are some things too broken to ever be fixed?
A moving story of healing, connection and fate.