(From the publisher):
The Bawtry family has been in South Yorkshire for generations when Bessie is born just before the turn of the last century. The Bawtrys have been content with their humble lot, but Bessie longs for the freedom promised by a new beginning. However, when she succeeds in being admitted to Cambridge and ascends to a new world of culture and rarified comforts, the tug of her family’s history remains, binding her to the past in ways she doesn’t entirely understand.
Nearly a century later, Bessie's granddaughter, Faro Gaulden, finds herself listening to a lecture on genetics and biological determinism. She returns to the depressed little town in which Bessie grew up, and sees around her the families who have stayed for longer than anyone can remember. For all her exotic ancestry and glamour, has Faro really travelled any further than her Breaseborough kin? She wonders why some of us remain in the roles prescribed for us by family and tradition, while others are drawn to the prospect of different worlds. When do family ties become a burden, and how much freedom do we really have to change our lives? And how do unforeseen events and encounters alter forever what would seem to have been determined?
Original title: The Peppered Moth
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction