Growing up in a sleepy town with parents who seem to adore her, it’s difficult to understand why Frances is the way she is. Strange, manipulating, and at times cruel, she is a mystery to Marienne, her bewildered mother. But, on closer inspection, hiding beyond the white picket fence and cherry-blossom tree that umbrellas their cosy life, something dark lies heavy on both Frances and her father.
Following a disastrous sixteenth birthday party and a grandmother found dead in the bathtub, Frances is sent away to boarding school. The Academy is a place rife with teenage rivalry, secret rendezvous, and budding friendships. And it’s here – alone for the first time – that Frances is forced to confront the true nature of her life.
Intertwined with Frances’ narrative is that of her father James. Between them we discover a story about a young girl entering adulthood under the smoky weight of a terrible secret; of a life stolen and rediscovered and above all, the tale of a tainted love affair and the fluid, easily traversed boundary between perversity and normality.
Author: Iman Verjee grew up in Kenya, studied and fell in love with Canada, then moved to London to pursue a MA in Creative Writing at City University. It was during her time there that she completed her first novel, In Between Dreams, a story about a taboo love affair and its inescapable consequences
Iman is the winner of the 2012 Peters Fraser &Dunlop/City University Prize for Fiction for her novel In Between Dreams which will be published by Oneworld Publications in 2014.