Sitting beside him in the hospital, Charlie is thinking that if Whisky dies, he won’t know which songs to choose for his funeral. Whisky is his only brother, more than that, his twin: Alpha, the first born – the brightest star in the constellation, the person Charlie has loved and hated, pushed and pulled against all his life. Now Whisky lies in a hospital bed in a maze of wires and tubes that connect him to the machines that help him breathe, keep his heart beating. He cannot move or speak and his only brother no longer knows him.
But this is no place to begin; in fact, this may very well be the end.
Whisky and Charlie are identical twins. But everything about them is poles apart. It’s got so bad that Charlie can’t even bear to talk to his brother anymore – until a freak accident steals Whisky from his family, and Charlie has to face the fact he may never speak to his brother again.
Praise for the book
‘Smith captures perfectly the nuanced relationship and the competitiveness between the two young men … The novel’s structure works extremely well, and should make it a favourite with book clubs.’ Bookseller+Publisher
‘This moving tale of brotherly love and rivalry is the perfect way to learn the two-way alphabet, by heart.’ Danielle Wood, Author of The Alphabet of Light and Dark
‘There may be more endearing characters than the flawed and flailing Charlie Ferns, but I can’t remember the last time I met one. From Alpha to Zulu, the immensity of impending loss is the backdrop to this funny and compassionate novel about the messiness of love, of families—of all the things that really matter.’ Amanda Curtin, Author of Inherited
‘This engaging, suspenseful book is so easy to relate to. Smith … offers the reader a unique take on an unusual situation in a distinct voice and a flawless style… [which] will have you crying, laughing, wondering and most of all; hoping.’ Asten, Book Depository
‘A beautiful and touching story about the relationship between brothers. Superbly created characters who are all realistically flawed. I found many parallels to my own life within these pages’ Ben Ripley, Goodreads
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