From the best-selling author of The Poisonwood Bible A Guardian Bookshop Top 10 Paperback for 2019 'Magnificent.' The Times Books of the Year 'She makes us think, believe, care - all at once.' Sunday Times Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against a world which seems to hold little mercy for her and her family - or their old, crumbling house, falling down around them. Willa's two grown-up children, a new-born grandchild, and her ailing father-in-law have all moved in at a time when life seems at its most precarious. But when Willa discovers that a pioneering female scientist lived on the same street in the 1800s, could this historical connection be enough to save their home from ruin? And can Willa, despite the odds, keep her family together?