It’s 2015 and the nurses’ note clipped to her bed says that Patricia Cowan is “confused today”. It is true that Patricia is very old and sometimes she remembers having four children by her husband Mark, but also, she distinctly remembers raising three children with her partner, Bee. In My Real Children, author Jo Walton asks what if you could travel down both of Frost’s paths diverged in a wood? A splitting apart of lives from one pivotal point so that two lives are lived in two parallel worlds? Alternatively, the loves, losses, triumphs and sorrows of Patricia’s two lives are explored against a changing backdrop of world events. Very interesting, speculative fiction, securely anchored in the understanding of human relationships. For fans of Kate Atkinson’s terrific best seller, Life After Life, and other alternative histories mirroring our own society.