Cover: Like a Fox to a Swallow

“In Like a Fox to a Swallow, characters navigate the confusion of modern relationships in an intense battle for connection. With withering insight, Voss exposes her characters in all their human complexity with truly brilliant flashes of unforgettable prose.”

Elizabeth Carter Wellington, author of Circus Girl: A Novel


Helen Kings and Alma Carneggio couldn’t be more different: While Helen makes a living as a single mum and partner in a London law firm, Alma lives a privileged life as the wife of a Milanese industrial aristocrat. Yet, their lives are haunted by the same tragedy: the mysterious death of Luca Carneggio, Alma’s son and Helen’s lover- and the father of Helen’s teenage daughter Emmy.

While Alma drifts through her days on painkillers and tranquillizers, hiding in her family’s estate, Helen keeps up the façade of a tough self-made woman. But in her quiet moments, only a ghost Luca keeps her company – and her resentment towards the Carneggios alive. She blames them for the dreams she had to give up. But as Emmy turns into a young adult, this truth is being challenged – until it finally falls apart.

The reader follows Alma and Helen on their winded – and sometimes funny – ways to come to terms with their past. When Alma is suddenly stripped of her family corset, she begins to long for meeting her only granddaughter. But is it too late for a new beginning?