Kate Flynn has always been a clever girl, brought up to believe in herself as something special. Now Kate is forty-three and has given up her university career in London to come home and look after her mother at Firenze, their big house by a lake in Cardiff. When Kate meets David Roberts, a friend from the old days, she begins to obsess about him: she knows it's because she's bored and hasn't got anything else to do, but she can't stop.
Adapting to a new way of life, the connections Kate forges in her new home are to have painful consequences, as the past begins to cast its long shadow over the present...
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A luxuriant writer... the richness of her descriptions need only be matched by the imagination of the reader - Washington Times
Closely observed, beautifully written, generous, funny and true, Hadley's fiction is the real thing - Sunday Times
A sharp and a sexy read - Observer
Bewitching ...A prose stylist of quite outstanding talent with a gift for psychological acuity and an ability to encapsulate the human condition...As a writer, she is the real thing, utterly authentic in motive and achievement - Guardian
A lovely, subtly teasing writer...Hadley's observations of the ebb and flow of female desire and frustration are reminiscent of Virginia Woolf, but she taps sensual undercurrents where Woolf wouldn't have dipped her toe - New York Times
Tessa Hadley is the author of four highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom and The London Train, and two collections of stories, Sunstroke and Married Life. She lives in Cardiff and teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker, Granta and other magazines.