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Stevie Davies

The Web of Belonging

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 Jess has lived peaceably in Shrewsbury with her husband Jacob for many years. He is solid, dependable, beautiful to her. She is contented to be his wife, to look after his elderly mother, aunt and cousin, to be a pillar of their family and community. Then, suddenly, everything changes.


Now Jess must question the entire basis on which she has lived so many years of her life. Must discover whether the identity she has created has really been so valuable to herself and to those around her, and whether there is a different – angry, passionate, fulfillable – Jess waiting to get out.

The Web of Belonging... is a novel which is tender, perceptive, almost painful in its honesty and hilariously funny. Its characters are so marvellously drawn that you want more, more, more. I started to re-read this book the moment I’d finished it in case I’d missed a precious line.’
– Marcelle D’Argy Smith, The Independent


Stevie Davies is a writer who has been long-listed for both the Orange and Booker Prizes. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives and works in Wales.