These Fragile Things – Jane Davis


These Fragile Things: A Novel by [Davis, Jane]


I’ve been a Jane Davis fan ever since I read “Smash all the Windows” and I intend to read all of her books. So far each lives up to the high standard I came to expect after reading just one of her books.

Davis has a brilliant talent for placing her characters in unusual circumstances that show us the vast array of human emotion and reactions to life and the intricacies of friendship and love.

I will not rest until I have read all of her work. PS She has a wonderful way with words and a laugh out loud sense of humor in her FB posts.


As a London suburb reels from riots in neighbouring Brixton, Graham Jones finds fatherhood a frightening place. How can he protect his family from the onslaught of change? But the future holds more fear than he can possibly imagine. One afternoon, a wall collapses, burying his thirteen-year-old daughter Judy underneath it. Rescuers who recover her shattered body from the rubble are amazed. “She’s alive,” her shaking mother Elaine is told. “And we’ll do everything we can to keep her that way.” With Judy’s life hanging in the balance, Graham’s anxieties seem trivial. The unimaginable has happened. Who can he turn to? While his wife puts her trust in medics, Graham’s answer is prayer.

When Judy not only pulls through, but defies all medical predictions, the press publish headlines about ‘The Miracle Girl’. Elaine knows this is a tough label for any teenager to live up to, let alone one who’s batting physical and psychological scars. She has always understood that love is all we can cling to in this whirling confusion of a world. Now, under siege from the press, pushed to breaking point by an onslaught of miracle seekers, she seeks solace in the arms of strangers.

Meanwhile, refusing to be drawn into her parents’ emotional tug-of-war, Judy treads her own path. But we all of us live on a knife edge. And things are about to get far, far worse.

With the trademark elegance and profound thoughtfulness one expects from this award-winning author, this emotionally-charged novel will make you reflect on belief, faith and the enduring power of love.

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