Everyday life crackles with the electricity sparking between men and women, between parents and children, between friends.
A son confesses to his mother that he is cheating on his girlfriend; a student falls in love with her lecturer and embarks on an affair with a man in the pub who looks just like him.
Young mothers pent-up in childcare dream treacherously of other possibilities; a boy becomes aware of the woman, a guest at his parents' holiday home, who is pressing up too close against him on the beach.
Hidden away inside the present, the past is explosive; the future can open unexpectedly out of any chance encounter; ordinary moments are illuminated with lightning flashes of dread or pleasure.
These stories about family life are somehow undomesticated and dangerous.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/01/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099499251