Set against a backdrop of religious terrorism and social decay, Emily Maguire's explosive second novel is a contemporary love story about belief, family, grief and hope.
Aggie Grey is a jaded sexual health counsellor who finds herself having to defend her business against the attacks of a radical new fundamentalist sect. Pastor Luke Butler is young, idealistic and out to capture the hearts and minds of Sydney's disaffected youth; his first order of business is to shut down Aggie's clinic.
Caught in the crossfire is 16-year-old Honey - pregnant, battered and ready to cling to whatever hope is offered. While Aggie and Luke fight over the fate of Honey's unborn child, they discover a deep and surprising connection. But as the war between the secular and religious intensifies, Aggie, Luke and Honey find themselves in moral and physical danger.
PRAISE FOR EMILY MAGUIRE
"At the heart of ... Emily Maguire's work lies an urgent need to pull away at the interconnecting threads of morality, society and human relationships." Sydney Morning Herald
"what you get, along with a sharp mind and a keenness to investigate cultural confusions, is an engaging ability to put the vitality of the story first." Weekend Australian