- Caroline Smailes (a published student)
- September 2008
- The Friday Project
About the publication
Meet Ana Lewis. She is 37 years old and lives with her two children, Pip and Davie. She has just taken an overdose of pills.
By the end of this book Ana will be dead.
Black Boxes follows the final hours of Ana’s life, recording her thoughts and memories. As the drugs start to kick in, we discover the awful sequence of events which have brought her to this moment.
We also get to read pages from the diary of Pip, her teenage daughter, which reveals another side to the story and, just perhaps, a small glimmer of hope.
Mesmerising prose pins us to the page throughout this compelling story. Black Boxes confirms Caroline Smailes’ growing reputation as a unique and important writer.Orna Ross, author of A Dance in Time