Catherine Newman


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Transworld Publishers Ltd
6 June 2024
ISBN: 9780857529923
240 pages

From the publisher

One week in Cape Cod. The perfect family holiday. What could possibly go wrong...? 

From the author of We All Want Impossible Things, a raucously funny novel with an unexpected punch about being 'sandwiched' between growing children and ageing parents and the power of change.

The joyful summer read, perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Nora Ephron

GUARDIAN Book of the Week: ‘Wise and exquisitely written
STYLIST Book of the Month: ‘A holiday reading gem’
GRAZIA Book Club Pick
R&J Book Club selected author for We All Want Impossible Things
OBSERVER ‘A gem of a novel’
ANN PATCHETT: ‘Sandwich is joy in book form’
RACHEL JOYCE: ‘A piece of perfection’
 'Funny, wise, poignant'


One week in Cape Cod. The perfect family holiday. What could possibly go wrong...?

For the past two decades, Rocky has looked forward to her family’s yearly escape to Cape Cod. Their rustic beach-town rental has been the site of sweet memories, its quirky furniture and mismatched pots and pans greeted like old friends.

Now, sandwiched between her children who are adult enough to be fun but still young enough to need her, and her parents who are alive and healthy, Rocky wants to preserve this golden moment forever. This one precious week when everything is in balance; everything is in flux.

But every family has its secrets and hers is no exception.

With her body in open revolt and surprises invading her peaceful haven, the perfectly balanced seesaw of Rocky’s life is tipping towards change…


Praise for SANDWICH:

Sandwich is joy in book form. I laughed continuously, except for the parts that made me cry. Catherine Newman does a miraculous job reminding us of all the wonder there is to be found in life’ Ann Patchett, author of Tom Lake

‘If you are after a book to pack on your next holiday, look no further. Here is a novel which will go down as easily as a chilled poolside drink’ i Newspaper

I adored this novel and am forcing it on everyone I know - Jenny Colgan, author of The Summer Skies

‘Newman is truly a master of taking complex and chaotic human emotion and making sense of it’ Guardian

‘If you want to laugh out loudtear up and rush to pull out a book in the 35 seconds between subway stops, this sweet, savory, tenderhearted Sandwich fits the bill, and goes down like (bread and) buttah’ New York Times

‘A wonderful book about how families love, disagree, fail one another - and endure’ Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Engaging, frank, funny and moving…in every sense the hot summer read’ Daily Mail

We All Want Impossible Things, RIchard and Judy Book Club Pick, Autumn 2023