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Mika in Real Life

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'Definitely 'best books of 2022' material!'GLAMOUR
'A funny, touching celebration of second chances' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Warm, funny and a brilliant read' SUN
'By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a total joy of a read' HOLLY MILLER, author of The Sight of You

Penny Calvin has questions.

Placed for adoption sixteen years ago, she's desperate to get to know the mother she's never met.

Mika Suzuki just wants to hide.

Jobless, single and living in a chaotic flat share, she can't bear her daughter knowing her life is a mess. So, when Penny gets in touch, Mika tells a few white lies, pretending to have it all - a career, partner and money.

Keeping up the pretence over the phone is one thing. But when Penny and her widowed adoptive father Thomas spring a visit on Mika, things get complicated.

By coming clean about the secrets in her past, will Mika finally get the life she dreamed of?

Or will she lose it all?

'An endearing, joyful tale about finding (and accepting) yourself' Good Housekeeping
'Smart and offbeat funny: think Maria Semple' i
'A sheer delight' Rochelle Weinstein
'Had me laughing, crying and cheering' Lauren Kate
'Hilarious, tender and very real . . . for every human trying to figure it out' Nancy Jooyoun Kim
'With the offbeat humour and poignancy of Maria Semple and Kirsty Capes, this has the potential to be a big hit'Bookseller, Editor's Choice

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"A wonderful, life-affirming story about second chances, parenthood and love. By turns tender, funny, and deeply romantic, I was rooting for Mika, Penny and Thomas." - Lauren Ho

"Tender and profound, Emiko Jean's writing had me laughing, crying, and cheering for Mika in Real Life." - Lauren Kate

"Bighearted, sometimes bawdy, and always brave, Mika in Real Life explores the inescapable bonds between mothers and daughters, the enduring families by friendship that we make, and the weight of secrets that keep us from creating ourselves. This hilarious, tender, and very real novel is for every human trying to figure it out--basically, all of us." - Nancy Jooyoun Kim

"Mika In Real Life is a poignant and compelling exploration of identity, love, and what it means to be a mother. Mika and Penny swept me along on their emotional and unforgettable journey... By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a total joy of a read." - Holly Miller

"Mika's story is a beautiful exploration of the bond between mother and child... As Mika rescues herself from a downward spiral of heartbreak and loss, she weaves for us a primer on healing our broken relationships. A must read for anyone who's ever had a mother or been one." - Annabel Monaghan

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