“Sometimes, for one’s own sanity, it’s best to rip up an entire life and start again. The question is: whose life? And who does the ripping?”
Germaine Kiecke was a foundling, an orphan, brought up by the infamous ‘Motherhood’ in a Belgian orphanage.
Now she is a successful art academic who defines herself by her profession and prefers to experience the world through art and an augmented reality game called Happy Family.
But when the artist Tom Hannah, the creative force behind Happy Family, moves to Spain, surrounds himself with high walls, three large guard dogs called Harpo, Chico and Groucho, and a runaway who teaches him to think like a tree, his existential melt-down threatens all Germaine holds dear.
She is forced to re-engage with life and travels to Spain to try to make things right. Along the way she meets people who are also, for one reason or another, dependent on Tom’s fictional world to augment their own ‘real’ lives.
On James Ellis' book The Wrong Story:
- "The Wrong Story is the novel Beckett might have written had he watched Seinfeld, South Park and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Indeed, Ellis’ ruminations on time and being reminded me often of the opening scenes of McEwan’s Atonement." - Online reviewer
- “The Wrong Story is a book I can’t, and don’t want to shake off – I’ve never read anything so original."- Online reviewer