John Alex Taylor

Apples in the Dark
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Apples in the Dark

about this book

A mother and daughter meet a stranger on a bus. For ten-year-old Alice, it’s simple: the three of them need each other. But adults never see the obvious.

Alice needs an ally who knows how it feels to be excluded for her intelligence. Beth has neglected her artistic career in the struggle to support Alice. Scientist Rachel has epilepsy, a hidden disability, and she has grown to expect all friendships to end in failure.

Alice’s loyalty to her new friend never wavers, and mysterious, possibly angelic assistance comes in a form that makes Rachel doubt her own sanity.

The author drew on his own experience of epilepsy, and the way it skewed his expectations, to tell Rachel’s story.