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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
Addition TONI JORDAN This quirky story won Best Debut Fiction at the 2008 Indie Awards ‘ ’ Grace Vandenburg is a quick witted, headstrong young woman with an obsession for numbers and order. Every morning she brushes her hair 100 times, brushes her teeth with 160 strokes of her toothbrush, counts the number of steps to the café and the poppy seeds on her orange cake. Currently living on sickness benefits she is considered mad, with little support from her family- her father is dead, her mother a mystery to her, her sister sympathetic but not really able to understand. Then one day all the tables at her favourite café are full. As she hesitates in the doorway a stranger invites her to sit with him. 19