Read Siobhan Adcock's note about her debut novel, The Barter

The Barter

Read an exclusive letter from Siobhan Adcock about her chilling new novel, The Barter. She explains how she weaves together two stories of motherhood and identity across a century.

Dear Reader,

My first novel, The Barter, frames the question of whether women can “have it all” within a ghost story, and a love story. I wanted to tell you—and any other potential readers out there—why I wanted to write a novel that attempts such a crazy thing.[...]

The Barter is really about two women characters who, in very different times and situations, are facing an identity struggle that I think is familiar to a lot of women, mothers in particular—and it’s a conflict that hasn’t changed much in the hundred or so years between Bridget and Rebecca.

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