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I am one of three siblings, the middle one – the pacifier, possibly, and the role I play in my family has, I’m sure they’d agree, not changed in all these years. But what happens when one child is perhaps favoured more than the others? It is something that any one of us with siblings has probably believed at one point or another: during an argument at the dinner table or when a bedroom door slams. But if there is a favourite, does that also mean there’s a least favourite? The four Bliss siblings find that even as adults, they’re unable to move past the roles assigned to them as children: the sensible one, the baby, the favourite, the rebel.

When the beloved matriarch of the Bliss family, Dorothy, breathes her last, it’s Anna – the favourite – whom the siblings turn to, Anna who must keep them together, even while she has her own cross to bear. Directed by Dorothy to destroy her will and burdened by the obligation, Anna is torn, because she knows that the contents of the will reveal something about the family that could tear them apart.

The Thing About Clare is a gorgeously written novel that observes in brilliant detail the sometimes fragile, sometimes superhumanly strong bond that siblings can have. I found such truth in Imogen Clark’s vivid depiction of a family trying their best to find a new way of being with each other.

- Victoria Pepe, Editor


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A dying wish. A devastating secret. Should the truth really stay buried?

The four Bliss siblings have a loving but complicated bond, but when their mother, Dorothy, dies seemingly without a will, this relationship is put to the test. As the mourning siblings try to make sense of the situation, one of them is caught with a secret: before she died, Dorothy entrusted her favourite daughter with her will and a letter—and told her to destroy them both.

Of course it was Anna their mother turned to for this mission. Miriam, the eldest, is far too sensible; Sebastian, the baby, too sensitive; and Clare, the middle child, has always been too rebellious to rely on, and long ago cut herself out of her siblings’ lives.

But what Anna finds in the documents could change everything. Do the other siblings not deserve to know what it is about them that their mother was so desperate to hide? And if it is revealed, will the Bliss family ever be the same again?

About the Author

Imogen Clark lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and children. Her first burning ambition was to be a solicitor and so she read Law at Manchester University and then worked for many years at a commercial law firm. After leaving her legal career behind to care for her children, Imogen turned to her second love - books. She returned to university, studying part-time whilst the children were at school, and was awarded a BA in English Literature with First Class Honours. Imogen loves sunshine and travel and longs to live by the sea someday.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2759 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 December 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07CKRG8TN
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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