On Wednesday 27 January from 7-8pm, including a 15mins Q&A session: Barnet Libraries presents: An evening with author Karen Raney discussing her Costa First Novel Award shortlist, All the Water in the World.
Told in the alternating voices of sixteen-year-old Maddy and her mother, Eve, All the Water in the World moves between the family’s lake house in Pennsylvania, their home in Washington, DC, and London, as Maddy finds first love, seeks solace in music and art, and tracks down her father, Antonio. Living in the shadow of illness, she has to grow up fast. In voices that range from tender to funny, despairing to defiant, Maddy tests the depths and limits of her closeness with her mother, while Eve has to come to terms with the daughter she only partly knows, in a world she can’t control.
Karen was awarded the 2017 Pat Kavanagh Prize for All the Water in the World, when the novel was still a work-in-progress. Born in Schenectady, New York, Raney attended Oberlin College, graduated from Duke University, and worked as a nurse before moving to London to study art. She lives in London with her husband and daughter, and teaches at the University of East London. All the Water in the World is her first novel.