I found SECOND SELF to be a thoughtful, tender and delicate consideration of life's choices; there's a beguiling simplicity to Chloë's considered, timeless and elegiac prose, and I know that this is a story of longing that will stay with me.
SECOND SELF is thoughtful and beautifully formed and written in almost hypnotically perfect prose. About the big questions surrounding becoming a mother and being a daughter to ageing parents. A delight. I can't wait to read all of Chloë's work.
A beautifully nuanced portrait of a woman at a crossroads. Hard recommend.
An elegantly subtle novel about motherhood, marriage and choice - I'm sure it will resonate with many.
SECOND SELF deals with tricky subjects with kindness and generosity. Chloe writes with deep care for her characters and the troubles they face but also with a keen eye for detail, both physical and, acutely, emotional.
A poignant and beautifully written second novel exploring the expectations that life confronts us and the decisions we may find ourselves having to make.
A magnificent novel about big decisions, social pressures and finding clarity in the face of uncertainty.
Tender and acutely observed... Second Self is a moving exploration of the choices that shape a life.
Neat and quiet, this is a novel in which many women will be glad to find themselves reflected.
SECOND SELF is a novel about love, art, and those monumental, impossible life decisions. At times meditative, at times heartbreaking, but throughout compassionate and nuanced. A thoughtful, tender novel that will resonate with many thirty-somethings and is sure to spark many a discussion among its readers.
An insightful, thoughtfully written year in the life of a woman who navigates her own and others' expectations. SECOND SELF is a tender read about contemplating and making decisions.
A precise and moving novel about expectation, ambivalence and desire. SECOND SELF unravels one of life's big questions and asks what happens when two people change separately as well as together.
SECOND SELF is a thoughtful exploration of one of the most difficult decisions a person can make. Ashby handles her material lightly and atmospherically. It feels like reading the secret thoughts of a dear friend.
Thoughtful... Ashby should be applauded for the nuance with which she portrays the choices available to women.