Sylvia Garland’s Broken Heart
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When Sylvia Garland returns to England, after the death of her husband and half a lifetime lived abroad, the last thing she expects is to find love again. But when her daughter-in-law Smita announces she is pregnant, and despite her own poor track record as a mother, she finds herself caught up in the excitement.
Before Sylvia knows it, she is 65 years old and head over heels in love - with her grandson.
Sylvia Garland's Broken Heart is a touching, witty look at family ties across the generations and the plight of grandparents when their children's relationships break down.
did he imagine they would be shocked that she was Indian? When they had lived all those years in Delhi and absolutely loved it? In any case, as soon as he announced that he was bringing a girl and that her name was Smita, of course the penny dropped. Sylvia and Roger were absolutely thrilled; firstly, because it laid to rest certain unspoken concerns which they had long had about Jeremy and, secondly, because they imagined that having a young Indian woman in the house would be such fun. Quite
dashed to the living room doorway, scattering olives, there was no one there. All the emotions which she had managed to keep at bay in the hotel rose up and overwhelmed her. Roger had been part of her life, an immense and intrinsic part of her life, for close on forty years and his absence was as ghastly and palpable as a missing limb. He was gone but Sylvia could still feel his presence all the time. In the empty flat in Overmore Gardens, she now began disconcertingly to hear him too, even
big front room, Naisha bringing her daughter tea and snacks. Sylvia was outraged when she discovered, on her first visit to their flat, that Smita was not breastfeeding the baby at all. It wasn’t that she couldn’t (like Nikki Palmer, say, who had no milk.) She was flatly refusing to; she said she found it disgusting and degrading and, to Sylvia’s chagrin, Naisha took her side, saying the baby got a much more nutritious feed from the bottle anyway. The only one who seemed upset by this
filling Smita in on the big make-or-break meeting with the new clients the next day. She was so caught up in listening to what they were saying and laughing at Greg Meyer’s anecdotes about all the near disasters which had plagued this project that she didn’t see Abi Desai come in. She only noticed him when he was right by their table and making his way round to shake hands with her. She felt caught out because the one thing which no one had thought to mention to her was that he was incredibly
the divorce and was generally as disagreeable as he could be. He only brought Anand with him once, in spite of Sylvia’s pleading. At first, she was relieved to see that – so far – Anand didn’t seem greatly affected by his parents’ separation. He had just celebrated his third birthday and was more concerned to tell his grandmother about all his presents. Naisha had given him a toy doctor’s case. But when it was time to leave, which it seemed to be awfully quickly, Anand shocked them both by