you can’t name an unfinished thing

There are certain things that time cannot touch. Very few. Metal it turns to rust and bones to dust and the souls of those we've loved into ghosts and memories. Ancient temples fall to ruin and gods fall from grace, and people fall out of love and forget. Very few things can withstand the passage of time, its ruthless continuity, always moving on, always leaving moments behind, but in Anna's short lifetime there was one thing that did.

Was it hubris to wrench apart what destiny had conspired to unite? Could there be atonement for such a thing?

This story begins at the end of a thing that hasn't ended, and travels in orbit in the space between then and not yet, circling questions unanswered and unasked, alternative endings and futures that never came to pass, looking for a place to land. It is the story of Anna and Jack and it's a love story, because all stories are, essentially, about love and the inexplicable things we do in its name and in its absence, in its pursuit and in its wake.


"It toyed with my emotions more than I thought was possible and despite having to take breaks while reading to compose myself, I already know I will be rereading it. Not something I ever do.

We are all expected to move on from things incredibly quickly, even when it is impossible.

You can't name an unfinished thing is refreshingly honest as it takes you on a journey through the heartbreaking reality of holding on to painful, yet essential parts of our lives.

For once, we are allowed to unapologetically explore whether holding on is for the better or the worse."

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About Daphne Kapsali

Writer. Reluctant yogi. Coffee drinker. One half on The Nerd Twins. Guru to no one. Someone's girlfriend. Pathological optimist. Bestselling author. Not delusional.

Daphne Kapsali was born in Athens in 1978, but that was a bit of a mistake on the part of the universe, because she's actually a Londoner. She lived in that wonderful, terrible city very happily on and off since 1996, doing a variety of fun and badly-paid jobs and collecting numerous degrees, until she realised she was a writer, whereupon she promptly made herself homeless and unemployed to spend a few months living alone on a small Greek island and writing full-time. She dubbed this project 100 days of solitude and the result, one hundred stories brought together under the same title, is now available in paperback and on Kindle. She has since published another two books: a novel entitled you can't name an unfinished thing, also produced during her stint as a reclusive author, and This Reluctant Yogi: everyday adventures in the yoga world. All three will be bestsellers.

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