Meet Ana Lewis. She is 37 years old and lives with her two children, Pip and Davie. She has just taken an overdose of pills.
By the end of this book Ana will be dead.
Black Boxes follows the final hours of Ana’s life, recording her thoughts and memories. As the drugs start to kick in, we discover the awful sequence of events which have brought her to this moment.
We also get to read pages from the diary of Pip, her teenage daughter, which reveals another side to the story and, just perhaps, a small glimmer of hope.
The second novel from the acclaimed author of In Search of Adam is a heartbreaking but impressive work, from one of the most original voices in modern fiction.
Accomplished and affecting, Caroline Smailes weaves together a catastrophic tale of mismatched lives.
“Mesmerising prose pins us to the page throughout this compelling story. Black Boxes confirms Caroline Smailes’ growing reputation as a unique and important writer.” Orna Ross, author of A Dance in Time.
… vivid descriptions of the body as a battleground and pleasure-zone reminded me of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.”Big Issue North No.756 19-25 January 2009
‘Black Boxes is the best novel I have read all year. I laughed, I cried and I cried some more. And came away a changed person.’American Chronicle
‘Heartbreaking… and very, very good.’Sarah Salway
‘Beautifully written psychological page turner. Black Boxes is brave, honest and full of heart. Utterly compelling.’Rosalind Wyllie, author of Everything You Ever Wanted.
“The character’s [Pip's] account of being picked on in class is likely to strike a chord with many readers.”Liverpool Daily Post
“Mesmerising prose pins us to the page throughout this compelling story. Black Boxes confirms Caroline Smailes’ growing reputation as a unique and important writer.”Orna Ross, bestselling author of A Dance in Time.