Happy children, happy husband, happily ever after?
Tasha knows that she should count her blessings: married for eleven years, mother to three healthy children, she should be content with her lot. However, feelings of frustration have settled over her like a dark cloud. Despite living under the same roof and sharing the same bed, Tasha has never felt so distant from her husband, Charlie. She feels worn down by the mental load of motherhood, drowning in the never-ending chores that keep the family and household afloat. Most of all she worries that her once happy marriage is slipping away from her.
Tasha longs for something to change, but when change comes calling will it really be the answer she was hoping for? And is it possible to fall in love with the same person twice?
A modern-day love story about family, marriage and risking it all to have it all.
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Q&A – Georgie Capron
What inspired you to write ‘The Distance Between Us’?
The French comic Emma’s illustration “You Should Have Asked” which went viral last year about the ‘mental load’ of a woman was a source of inspiration. I also enjoyed watching TV shows like Motherland and Catastrophe; I love Sharon Horgan’s sense of humour, and I wanted to show some of the distinctly unglamorous reality of family life and long-term relationships.
Family life and women feeling as if they have lost their identity is currently a popular fiction theme, what makes your story different?
There are a couple of unexpected twists in my storyline, which may surprise some readers. (Sorry, no spoilers!)
Do you draw your characters from real life or are they purely a product of your imagination?
A mixture. Some of them are inspired by people I’ve met, and some of them are imagined. But as an author, I think we always draw from our own life experiences in some way, either through conversations we have had, books we have read, films or plays we have watched, and so on.
What sort of books do you enjoy reading and why?
I enjoy reading a range of different books. Sometimes I read non-fiction (I am currently reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harrari) which I normally choose if I am interested in learning more about a topic. And for fiction, I look for books that make me think ‘what if,’ allowing my imagination to explore a new setting or situation that I have not yet experienced myself.
What made you decide to become a writer and why does this genre appeal to you?
I have always loved writing, but I sort of fell into becoming an author. I am a primary school teacher too, and I started writing purely for the love of it in my school holidays. It started as an experiment really, to see whether I had it in me to write a whole book. And now with three published books, I think I can say that I did! I love this genre because I enjoy writing about real people and real situations from the daily lives that I see in the world around me.
What’s next for Georgie Capron?
I am currently writing my fourth book, and working on another secret project on the side, more details of which will follow soon!
If you’re looking for an escapist read, this isn’t it.
Tasha and Charlie live in London; he works in the city, she stays at home with the children, even though their life looks ideal from the outside. Tasha feels she is losing her identity amongst the dirty laundry; school runs and making sure the home is an oasis of calm when Charlie ‘who’s been working hard all day comes home.’ Tasha, a former GP feels unfulfilled and feels guilty for doing so.
The scenarios created will be familiar to most stay at home mums, as the situations are believable and the actions and reactions of the characters authentic. Charlie doesn’t realise what being a ‘stay at home mum’, involves, and Tasha resents his lack of empathy.
Tasha is an independent character in the first chapters of the book until she makes a mistake that has consequences for both her and her family. This mistake changes her, and she forgets what has driven her to act so out of character and becomes dependant on Charlie’s forgiveness. The story highlights the family secrets, and that people often do something drastic just to be noticed.
Angst, guilt and sadness prevail in the central part of the book, and while this is well-written and realistic, it is sombre reading. Another tragic family event makes Charlie realise what he’s losing, and the ending is hopeful and happy.
An articulate snapshot of family life, with authentic characters and scenarios.
I received a copy of this book from Aria Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Georgie lives in South West London with her husband and daughter. Alongside her writing, she works as a primary school teacher, and she particularly enjoys teaching English. She studied Italian and History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and did a PGCE in primary education at the University of London.