According to Yes
According to Yes
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Dawn French, number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, returns with her joyously funny new novel, According To YES.
The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family.
Emotional displays - unacceptable.
Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome.
Fun - no thanks.
This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint.
So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book.
For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying . . . yes?
'I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly written. I loved it all' Marian Keyes
'There is lots of fun to be had reading this book. It's impossible not to warm to Rosie, a funny and open-hearted woman who acts as a salve and comfort blanket for this unhappy, inhibited family. There's something quite joyous about the way she unashamedly romps her way through the novel, changing the lives of those around her for the better' Express
'French can spin a yarn . . . which sets According to YES apart from the usual chick-lit template. Think the vicar of Dibley, without the dog collar. YES YES YES indeed' Independent
Further praise for Dawn French:
'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday
'A hilarious snapshot of family life in the twenty-first century' Sunday Express
'Extremely funny' Sunday Times
'Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian
'Makes you laugh on every page' The Times
'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life' Woman and Home
'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant' Daily Mail
Mom.’ She laughs and looks hurt at the same time. ‘JOKE,’ he assures her. Natalie touches his cheek and adores him. She turns to Rosie, ‘Thank you Miss Kitto.’ ‘Rosie, please.’ ‘Rosie, thank you.’ ‘No problem. I’ll have a wander and be back in an hour or so. I know you’ve got your flight.’ They both nod at each other, two women complicit in the same endeavour, to keep these young men well-loved. Rosie leaves them to their mother and heads out into Bloomingdales to see what chocolate and
whole interaction between them. In such a public place, they have been privy to an intensely private moment. Three has tears on his face, and his brother comforts him, ‘It’s OK dude, he’s gonna be OK’, to which Three replies, ‘It’s not him, it’s the mom I feel sorry for. She’s so … disappointed.’ All of them shuffle out of the seats and out of the courtroom, and home. Job done. Roof Food Glenn sits alone in her usual place at the table in the dining room for supper. The places are set but the
Rosie. ‘Make no mistake. Under this uniform, is mother. More important than anything else …’ Iva continues, ‘So, which one is the father?’ Rosie attempts to look puzzled. She has no idea what to do with her face. Iva says, ‘You have sleep with all the men in this family, yes?’ Rosie almost chokes on her water. How does she know? She considers continuing the pretence, but Iva has trusted her. She can’t lie. She doesn’t want to. ‘Somehow … yes,’ says Rosie in a small voice, hardly able to look
happened for ages here. His mother, Miss Glenn Havisham, seems to have hermited herself away in this stifling place, and Thomas has toed the line, to keep the peace. Not that there’s much peace today. His father rang through to his room on the internal phone and asked Kemble to come to his study. So, here he is, feeling more like he is about to enter the headmaster’s office than ever. As Kemble pushes the door open, his father is framed in the morning light of the window, and Teddy is sitting in
grazing her on, all the while revealing an astonishing insight into Rosie’s own comfort-eating habits. Something Glenn would like to address with her one day. But not now. Definitely not now. Now matters more than ever, this very moment may decide so much about her future. She reaches over, and clicks the bedside light on. Thomas stirs and blinks awake, he is drowsy and ruffled like an old grizzly waking from hibernation. Slowly but surely he comes to, and realizes that she is there. ‘What time