Kate Grenville really gets inside the mind and skin of these two middle-aged and gawky, would-be lovers. You really know what it feels like to be them in this funny but deep-down serious book full of humanity.
Well, he said, and laughed a meaningless laugh. A moment extended itself into awkwardness. Well, he said again, and she said it too at the same moment. Their voices sounded loud together under the awning.