Sweet, Soft, Plenty

The powerful, emotional novel about the temptations of dangerous love

For fans of Daisy Jones and the Six and Half-Blood Blues, a sultry sensuous novel about looking for love in all the wrong places and 'the myriad syncopations of love and desire' (Celeste Ng).

Love is messy. Love can make us feel alive. It can also bring us down. Sometimes we look for it in all the wrong places. This is a novel about longing, desire and dreams; about passion and risk and all the places in between.

Maggie is pregnant with Circus Palmer's child. This may be her last chance, but she craves her freedom.

Pia is Circus's ex-wife, still in love with the fantasy of the man who conjured jazz tunes for her into the night, but who left many years before.

Koko, Circus's daughter, is lost in the maelstrom of teenage years, the confusion of awakening desire and yearning for the father she barely knows.

Peach is a barmaid who just wants someone to see the person she is inside.

Odessa is on the run from a mistake that can't be undone.

And then there's Circus, Circus Palmer, a jazz trumpeter whose moment of glory is fading. Selfish, damaged, scared, perhaps the only person Circus is fooling is himself.

Delivered in a lush orchestration of diverse female voices, Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm is a provocative and gripping novel about the desire to be loved, and the need to belong.

'Told in a rich array of voices, this gorgeously written debut explores the myriad syncopations of love and desire' — Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

'Beautifully and cleverly written...The novel's tender, sensual, enchanting prose entices you into a world of deep longing' — Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

ISBN: 9780857529459 | Published: 14 February 2023 | Trade paperback | 368 pages

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