Oh Dear Silvia: A Novel (Paperback)
Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French, the celebrated English actress, bestselling author, and comedian, is the clever, touching, and compelling story of one mysterious woman trapped in a coma after a fall from a balcony.
Now, lying unconscious in a hospital bed, Silvia is plagued by a stream of often funny and sometimes poignant visits from friends and family, each of whom knows a different piece of the puzzle that is Silvia Shute.
And, as she lies there listening to all of her visitors, the dark and terrible secret she’s been hiding for years emerges.
Dawn French's Oh Dear Silvia is an emotionally resonant and riveting tale of secrets, forgiveness, remorse, guilt, and love.
Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. As a writer, comedian, and actor, she has appeared in some of Great Britain's longest-running and most celebrated shows, including French and Saunders, Murder Most Horrid, The Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford, and, most recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In. Her bestselling memoir, Dear Fatty, was published in the United Kingdom to critical acclaim, and her first novel, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, was a number-one UK bestseller.
“[A] laugh-out-loud novel that is interestingly narrated in alternating chapters by characters with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. This is sure to appeal to fans of contemporary British humor like Absolutely Fabulous or Bridget Jones’s Diarywith a dash of mystery mixed in.” — Library Journal
“Funny…[and] impressively well-written.” — Publishers Weekly
“Celebrated English actress and comedian French makes her American literary debut with a deeply compelling story.” — RT Book Reviews (top pick), 4 Stars
“Fresh, extremely funny.” — Sunday Times (London)
Really enjoyable and highly recommended. Dawn French is a wonderful writer - witty, wise and poignant — Daily Mail (London)
A hilarious and compelling read — Good Housekeeping, UK