From the highly-acclaimed author of SMALL PLEASURES – longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021
(First published in 2001. Reissued by Cornerstone in 2021.)
In 1976 four students took a trip to the desert. Now the repercussions of that fateful summer are coming back to haunt them…
And repercussions are just what Guy doesn’t need: his wife, Jane, is moving swiftly from slightly eccentric to downright peculiar, their three-year-old daughter seems set on destroying Jane’s sanity, and now even God’s gone quiet on him.
As for Nina, she’s having enough trouble with her son, James. He’s got exams looming, a new girlfriend with pneumatic breasts and now, it seems, he’s on drugs. Nina certainly won’t welcome any ghosts from the past.
Life isn’t going smoothly for anyone. But when Hugo, long-forgotten agent of misfortune, threatens to pay them all a visit, disaster seems unavoidable.
"Intriguing and thought-provoking" - Katie Fforde
"A touching, moving story written with Chambers' characteristic lightness of touch" - Woman's Own
"A stylish comic story of modern manners" - Choice