I’m Sorry You Feel That Way

I’M SORRY YOU FEEL THAT WAY is a stiletto-sharp story of sibling misunderstandings, grappling with complex family dynamics, mental health, and the intricacies of sibling relationships. You can check out the announcement in the Bookseller here; it also featured in a Cosmopolitan article as a new release to look out for in 2022.

For Alice and Hanna, saint and sinner, growing up is a trial. There is their mother, who takes a divide and conquer approach to child-rearing, and their father, who takes an absent one. There is their older brother Michael, whose disapproval is a force to be reckoned with. There is the catastrophe that is never spoken of, but which has shaped everything.

As adults, Alice and Hanna must deal with disappointments in work and in love as well as increasingly complicated family tensions, and lives that look dismayingly dissimilar to what they’d intended. They must look for a way to repair their own fractured relationship, and they must finally choose their own approach to their dominant mother: submit or burn the house down. And they must decide at last whether life is really anything more than (as Hanna would have it) a tragedy with a few hilarious moments.

Rebecca graduated from Oxford University in 2010 with a first-class degree in English. She’s been writing since she was a child and has won numerous prizes for short stories and plays. She is the author of three novels, including Our Fathers (rivverun), which has been selected as a Waterstones paperback of the year for 2021 as well as The View on the Way Down and The Followers, both published by Picador.

Rebecca is represented by Caroline Hardman from Hardman and Swainson, and I’M SORRY YOU FEEL THAT WAY will be published by riverrun on 8th July 2022.

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