`Like a cold spider, the memory stirred in my head and spun an icy web about my brain.
Someone else crawled in.
Thirty-two-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can't remember everything. She can't remember her ninth year. She can't remember when her insomnia started. And she can't remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria. With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the devastating deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges ... and changes everything. Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide...
Louise Beech has been writing since she could physically hold a pen. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting twice for the Bridport Prize. Her debut novel, How To Be Brave, was a number one bestseller on Kindle in the UK and Australia, and a Guardian's Readers' Pick in 2015. The Mountain in My Shoe was longlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize. Louise is currently writing her fourth book. She lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull - the UK's 2017 City of Culture - and loves her job as Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. You can follow Louise on Twitter @LouiseWriter and on Facebook
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