Bronze Paintbrush 2022
More than 45,000 copies sold
It hadn’t always been like this. There used to be laughter and talking and parties. This isn’t something Lexi just imagines, she knows for sure
because there are photographs. One is of Mum in a canary yellow dress, a cigarette in one hand, a glass in the other. She is looking straight
into the camera with her tongue poked out. Not to be mean, but to be silly, you can see that. And there’s a picture of Mum dancing with
everyone else watching her. And one of Mum sitting on Dad’s lap while they both talk to other people who are only half in the picture. Halfpeople they’ve probably forgotten.
Lexi has never seen them in any case.