The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
Author Maggie O’Farrell is fond of playing with identities and her fourth novel, The Hand That First Held Mine, is no exception. The story follows two couples whose lives seem completely disconnect. In post-war London we meet young and vibrant Lexie, who has morphed from country-girl Sandra, to headstrong Alexandra, to independent Lexie under the influence of the enthralling magazine editor, Innes Kent. In the present time we meet Ted and Elina immediately after the difficult birth of their son. Elina’s near-death experience has left her confused and disoriented as she gropes with new motherhood. For Ted the experience of fatherhood has dredged up suppressed memories that are equally disorienting.