A novel of both the heart and the head.

Cara is a dedicated neuroscientist with a research post at Cambridge. Heather is her almost-stepdaughter, drifting towards the end of school, trying to picture a future that fits her. Paul is Cara’s partner and Heather’s father – and when he suddenly disappears with no explanation, these two very different women, legally and biologically unrelated, need to figure out their place in each other’s life.

Set in Cambridge and Las Vegas, each city in its way as artificial as the other, Pathways is about connections forged and connections failed, and how people struggle to understand themselves and each other. A novel of both the heart and the head, it is perceptive, wry and unexpectedly moving, a love story of deep originality and intelligence.

Pathways is published by

Fleet (Little, Brown Book Group UK)

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‘Ward emerges as a novelist of tremendous skill: her prose is intelligent, rich and deeply touching’ – JESSICA CORNWELL

‘Funny, poignant, elegantly written, I adored this novel’ – AMANDA HODGKINSON

‘It’s thrillingly written, delicately accomplished and will live in my head for a long time’ – LLOYD SHEPHERD

‘I just love how seamlessly the story moves between the women – bloody fabulous!’ – EVA VERDE