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"Kate Flynn has returned to her hometown in Wales to care for her aging mother. Having cast off her academic career, she is suddenly unmoored, and when she runs into a childhood friend, David Roberts, at a concert, she quickly finds herself falling for him, although she knows she's grasping at anything to fill the sudden emptiness of her life." "For his part, David's marriage isn't as solid as it looks - his wife, Suzie, has begun acting strangely, moving out of their bedroom, neglecting their children, and disappearing for days at a time - and he begins to seek refuge with Kate from the newfound chaos of his life." "David's seventeen-year-old son, Jamie, is also drawn to Kate's eccentricity and her strange, glamorous old house full of books and music and history, As both father and son set about their parallel courtships, Tessa Hadley's novel explores the tangled web of connections between parents and children, revealing how each generation replays the stories of the one that came before, in new and sometimes startling patterns."--BOOK JACKET.