A Decent World

Ellen Hawley

Summer Dawidowitz has spent the past year caring for her grandmother, Josie — a lifelong Communist, a dedicated teacher, and the founder of an organization that tutors schoolchildren. When Josie dies, everything that seemed solid in Summer’s life comes into question. What sort of relationship will she have with the mother who abandoned her? Will she meet with the brother Josie exiled from the family? Does she really want to go back to the non-monogamous household she was part of before she moved in to take care of Josie?

Finally, does she still believe a small, committed group of citizens can change the world, and if so – how?


ISBN: 9781800751484

Published: June 15, 2023


ISBN: 9781800751491

Published: June 15, 2023


Reviews for A Decent World

Quietly magical … a book that draws you in and then refuses to let you go‘ – Stephen May, author of Sell Us the Rope

Praise for Other People Manage

‘A novel written with exquisite attention to ordinary detail, elevating the everyday into something miraculous … ‘ Irish Times

‘Rich in the pleasures of good storytelling … so intelligent about the essential raggedness of real lives’ TLS

‘Memorable for its examination of the themes of love, loss and family – and Marge’s voice, both no-nonsense and touching’ Daily Mail


Ellen Hawley

Ellen Hawley has worked as an editor and copy editor, a talk-show host, a cab driver, a waitress, a janitor, an assembler, a file clerk, and for four panic-filled hours, a receptionist. She has also taught creative writing. She was born and raised in New York, lived in Minnesota for many long, cold winters, and now lives in Cornwall, UK.