From the highly-acclaimed author of SMALL PLEASURES - longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021
Without even noticing, Esther Fairchild has become locked into routine.
Living with her adored brother, Christian, she divides her time between illustrating children's books, nightly shifts as a waitress, weekly visits to her father and fortnightly meetings with her married lover.
Then one day she encounters a face in the crowd which jolts her out of her mundane existence and makes her question both her life and the past that has helped to shape it.
And into this shambolic world came Donovan - regularly deposited by his unreliable mother - and Penny, Christian's girlfriend and Esther's idol. Until tragedy struck and shattered their joint existence. But now, it seems, their lives are about to become intertwined once more . . .
Praise for Clare Chambers:
'Smart, astute, and very funny' Daily Mail
'Funny, poignant and beautifully written - an enchanting book' Katie Fforde
'Gorgeous... If you're looking for something escapist and bittersweet, I could not recommend more' Pandora Sykes on SMALL PLEASURES
'Chambers' eye for undemonstrative details achieves a Larkin-esque lucidity' Guardian
'Clare Chambers is a true diamond in the dust' Daily Express