When Clare, married with three children, renews acquaintance with someone whom she slept with at a teenage party you are left wondering if the relationship will be re-ignited. As well as Clare's story, we get to know about her family, including her thrice married father and his numerous interesting offspring. With the help of a handy family tree at the front of the book and the beautiful style of debutant novelist Tessa Hadley, I found that I could really immerse myself in the trials and tribulations of this extended family.
On her way to the room with the sofa, someone had put music on, trancey electronic music - Clare saw her coat and briefcase on a chair by the front door. She imagined going to her B and B after all, burying herself in anonymous clean sheets, drinking tea and nursing her hangover, watching television all alone. It seemed to her a desperate and dreadful eventuality, an absolute defeat for ever and ever; but it was also all she had it in her to desire now, now her gods had abandoned her, and she suddenly longed for it.