That Special Someone
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©2014 by Tanya Bullock-D. A poignant, witty story of a mother's quest to help her learning-disabled daughter find love. Jaya, 18, is growing up. To Izzie's alarm, all her daughter wants from life is to get married and have babies. Which creates a moral dilemma for Izzie. How she can continue to protect Jaya whilst at the same time letting her go? Life as the single mum of a learning-disabled daughter in a small town in the West Midlands is tough. But the boundless love between Izzie and her beautiful, sparky daughter is reward enough in itself, fuelling the energy she pours into fighting her child's corner who 'isn't disabled enough' for much professional help beyond education in a college's Special Educational Needs department. With little prospect of meaningful employment or continuing education, Izzie wonders if perhaps finding Jaya a 'suitable husband' via an arranged marriage wouldn't be so crazy. It's the common tradition of Jaya's unknown, Indian biological father, after all, and an Indian girl in her class is already betrothed. But Jaya believes her obsessive love for John, a naive young teaching assistant, is reciprocated and it's only a matter of time before they will be married. A disastrous sequence of events unfold until Jaya's teenage fixation on love and marriage turns things around in a way that nobody could have ever foreseen. If you enjoy books like The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time by Mark Haddon and The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer, you'll love this warm, funny, compellingly assured fiction debut by award-winning filmmaker Tanya Bullock.
Tanya Bullock (Paperback; 238 pages)