In Mo Said She Was Quirky James Kelman, the Booker prize-winning author of How late it was, how late, tells the story of Helen – a sister, a mother, a daughter – a very ordinary young woman.
Her boyfriend said she was quirky but it was more than that. Some things were important. You had to fight for them. Only Helen wasn’t as strong as people thought. She tried to be but didn’t always succeed. Nobody does, not all the time.
Trust, love, relationships; parents, children, lovers; death, wealth and home. The ordinary stuff of life – but extraordinary too when you think about it. As Helen did, each waking hour, till that strangest of moments on the way home from work when this skinny down-at-heel guy crossed the road in front of her. Brian? Her long-lost brother? How could it be? But it was his shape, his very presence. Could it be?
So begins Mo Said She Was Quirky – the inspired and absorbing story of twenty-four hours in the life of this ordinary young woman, as ordinary, as unique, as each and every one of us.