My Phantoms

My Phantoms

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Bridget's mother is dying. An extrovert with few friends who has sought intimacy in the wrong places; a twice-divorced mother-of-two now living alone surrounded by her memories, Helen (known to her acquaintances as 'Hen') has always haunted her daughter. Now, as together they approach the end, Bridget looks back on their tumultuous relationship - the performances and small deceptions - and tries to reckon with the cruelties inflicted on both sides.

With so little time left, can these two warring women find a bruised accord?

Title:My Phantoms
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781783783267
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    My Phantoms Reviews

  • Roman Clodia

    A wonderfully poisonous novel which really nails all the pain that can be contained in dysfunctional mother-daughter relationships, where separation is never really possible and where that inescapable...

  • Meike

    Gwendoline Riley is just fantastic when it comes to challenging the reader to ponder complex human relationships (see First Love, nominated for the Women's Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize, the Goldsmiths...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    A book largely if not entirely unrecognised by prize lists (other than a Gordon Burn Prize longlisting) but which seems to feature on multiple book of the years lists for 2021. “She’s clearly fr...

  • Claire Fuller

    A fascinating character study about a mother and a daughter. What if you've always been ambivalent about your mother, or sometimes even hated her? What happens when she grows old, becomes ill, and nee...

  • Lee

    Riley's best novel, I think, uncomfortably funny and poignant and featuring typically excellent dialogue and deeply complex characters with just the wrong combination of self-perception and neuroses. ...

  • Possibly in Michigan, London

    Gwendoline Riley's work has become richer in the past few years, and this book feels like a further development of the fascination with first person that we saw in her previous novel, First Love. I fi...

  • Mark George

    Thankfully I had the time to devour this in one session. One of those books that popped up on my Twitter feed and then just happened to be staring at me from the shelf at work when I walked in the nex...

  • Sarah

    4.5 rounded upETA: rounded my rating up... more to follow!My first Gwendoline Riley novel, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect from My Phantoms - the early reviews led me to expect something impres...

  • Paul Fulcher

    I was not susceptible, but then nor did I ever quite feel that I was the intended audience when she took on like this. There was some other figure she’d conceived and was playing to. That’s how it...

  • JacquiWine

    (4.5 Stars) My Phantoms is Gwendoline Riley’s sixth novel, a brilliantly observed, lacerating portrayal of a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship that really gets under the skin. This book has...