Mum’s mother, who frequently figures in the stories she tells May. Percy Gibson tells May that Alice left home as a young woman hoping to find meaning, just as May does. However, she ends up having several children with abusive partners and lives in poverty for the rest of her life. In many ways, May’s sense of hope and self-actualization at the end of the novel is a redemption of her grandmother’s suffering.
Alice / Old Mum Character Timeline in Swallow the Air
The timeline below shows where the character Alice / Old Mum appears in Swallow the Air. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. Cloud Busting