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Stylish, suburban Katherine is eighteen when she is propelled into the heart of Professor Jacob Goldman's rambling home and his large eccentric family. As his enchanting yet sharp-tongued wife, Jane, gives birth to her sixth child, Katherine meets beautiful, sulky Roger and his volatile younger brother, Jonathan. Inevitable heartbreak sends her fleeing to Rome, but ten yeaStylish, suburban Katherine is eighteen when she is propelled into the heart of Professor Jacob Goldman's rambling home and his large eccentric family. As his enchanting yet sharp-tongued wife, Jane, gives birth to her sixth child, Katherine meets beautiful, sulky Roger and his volatile younger brother, Jonathan. Inevitable heartbreak sends her fleeing to Rome, but ten years later, older and wiser, she returns to find the Goldmans again....

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Brother of the More Famous Jack Reviews

  • Anmiryam
    2019-04-20 10:18

    I found a used copy of this book last summer based on Maria Semple's ('Where'd You Go Bernadette) listing of favorite books in Huffpost. When she reiterated her love for it in her recent 'By The Book' profile in the New York Times, I knew it was time to actually read it. The verdict? Maria Semple has great taste. This short coming of age novel is funny, tragic and heartwarming and it's DNA is all over 'Bernadette'. Let me state right now that this book deserves to be brought back into print in the US right now. Right now. I am going to buy used copies and start handing them out to people in the hope of starting a groundswell that will get a US publisher to pick up the rights and give this book the audience it deserves.Trapido's novel was her debut and since it was published more than thirty years ago, it may seem dated to some readers, but it is timeless in all the ways that really matter. The writing is clean and precise, the characters are complex and vivid, emotions are explored without wallowing in bathos, and the story unfolds with great pacing. The voice of the narrator, Katherine, is self-aware and romantically pragmatic, or pragmatically romantic, which wasn't too far from the character's own view of herself. In the closing pages of the novel she states, "I was very romantic about the prospect of our lives in that house, though. I hope, not without a degree of protective irony. I hoped to be a caustic romantic. I learnt it from Jane."Jane is Jane Goldman, Katherine's spiritual mother -- beautiful, aristocratic, mercurial and mesmerizing. The brilliant and eccentric and multitudinous (there are six offspring) Goldman family are central to Katherine's life and development. Husband Jacob, Jewish, lusty, uxorious, and unapologetic, is Katherine's professor. Oldest son Roger is Katherine's first love, but he breaks her heart, causing her to flee England for ten years, to live in exile in Italy. One of the great joys in the book is discovering, after her return to England, is how Katherine, unbeknownst to her, has played a central role in the lives of the Goldmans.If you have a soft spot in your heart for David Lodge, Penelope Lively, Kate Atkinson or E.M. Forster's Howard's End, try this book, I think you'll be glad you spent the a few minutes on the web and a few dollars to get your hands on it.

  • Dana
    2019-04-14 14:32

    This book took a while for me to get into but once I did I enjoyed it. The writing flows nicely and it allowed me to read at a quick pace. I did find the characters to not be even remotely relatable, although for me this did not take away from the novel very much. Some of their choice baffled me to no end, but I did find everyone rather likeable in a very quirky and eccentric way. 3.5/5Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carlos Carranza Carranza
    2019-03-29 10:36

    Con un estilo elegante, duro a veces y una gran modernidad para la época en la que fue escrito (1982), Barbara Trapido nos cuenta la vida de Katherine desde sus dieciocho años hasta la edad adulta. Unos diálogos ingeniosos, unos personajes carismáticos y un sentido del humor muy fino han sido los aspectos que más me han gustado, además de la forma de tratar la evolución de la protagonista, y ver cómo la Katherine que conocemos en las primeras páginas no es la misma de la que nos despedimos en la última.

  • Sub_zero
    2019-04-05 15:18

    Controvertida e indisciplinada novela de formación en la que acompañaremos a una chica inglesa llamada Katherine a lo largo de su adolescencia y madurez en el seno de una familia "adoptiva" que hace de todo menos avenirse a las normas y protocolos de clase. La novela de Trapido es sin duda una lectura muy estimulante que juega a contrariar los convencionalismos propios de este tipo de relatos: plagada de personajes tan fascinantes como rocambolescos, El hermano del famoso Jack contiene momentos de humor, trágicos y otros más agridulces, que componen el vibrante retrato de su protagonista y muestran lo difícil que resulta a veces predecir las consecuencias de nuestras decisiones cuando están tomadas con el corazón y no con la cabeza.

  • Marianne
    2019-04-13 10:30

    Brother of the More Famous Jack is the first novel by British author, Barbara Trapido. It won the 1982 Whitbread Special Prize for Fiction. Katherine Browne is somewhat surprised to gain a University place in London after her interview with philosophy Professor Jacob Goldman, and even more surprised to find herself taken to his country house by a prospective lover. It becomes the first of many visits, as Katherine is enveloped into this large family’s chaotic life. Almost inevitably, she falls for Jacob’s eldest son, Roger. And just as inevitably, when the relationship ends, she flees to Italy, where a very different life awaits. This is a novel that proceeds at a gentle pace; the plot is perhaps a little predictable, yet there are plenty of surprises and, towards the end, many laugh-out-loud moments. Trapido’s characters have depth and appeal: all have their flaws, but are often the more loveable for them. Trapido treats the reader to some wonderful prose: “He fixed me under his black horsehair eyebrows with what I took to be smouldering animosity……..He had hair to match his eyebrows sprouting, intimidatingly, like sofa stuffing from the neck of his open shirt” and “…whatever the Goldmans’ furniture says about them, it also says that they are articulate enough to contradict what it might attempt to say” and “In a house full of talkers Roger never talked much. He always disliked the unremarkable small change of conversation” are a few examples. An amazing debut. 4.5 ★s

  • Andrea
    2019-03-28 08:33

    I really liked this book! Firstly, for some reason I expected it to be set in the USA, but I was delighted to find the action took place primarily in England, with little forays into Europe. Secondly, I loved every one of the Goldman family characters (I wanted to be Katherine, to spend time with them) and Katherine herself grew into a well-developed, admirable character too. In fact I find myself with the urge to take up the knitting needles - one of Kath's many talents, variously lauded and derided by one Goldman or another. Thirdly, the plot was really satisfying. I wasn't too sure about a certain turn of events in Act III, but ultimately I think it worked. Finally - the writing was great. I daresay I will re-read this one day.

  • Darrell Reimer
    2019-03-26 09:31

    A close friend loves this book and wondered if I'd care to read it. I did not get off to a promising start with it. I was not smitten with the narrator, Katherine, a young woman who floats into the lives and beds of others, making casual observations of her changing reality, only to get walloped by the emotional aftermath of being Gamed. I grit my teeth and stayed with it, though -- and was glad I did. Shortly past the midway mark, she returns to the scene where it all got started. Over the course of various meetings and conversations, it becomes clear that a transformation has taken place: in some of the people she once knew, and also in her.By book's end, I was deeply in love with them all. And it occurred to me that, with her narrator, Trapido had pulled a masterful stunt similar to Dickens in David Copperfield: the voice begins as young and inexperienced and foolish, and gradually matures to something approaching wisdom and humility -- without the reader noticing just where the changes of perspective and voice have taken place. This is a masterful book.

  • Julia Vaughan
    2019-04-07 08:21

    This is a heady nostalgia-trip-read for me. For an England I have left behind, and one that possibly doesn't exist anymore with the anti-intellectualism that seems to have swept the country. And for my 'youth' of long ago when when I first laughed and cried over this book. It is an intensely English book - full of anachronisms that even I don't get anymore, but the book still works if one just skips on by. She writes with such verve that you find yourself laughing even when you don't quite get the joke. The book has everything - for romance, there is a pair of brooding, precocious brothers; for laughs, a gorgeous, eccentric English family with naughty boys peeing in baskets full of wellies, secrets divulged in the vegetable patch, and lots of swearing and sex talk in front of the children; and for tragedy there is love lost, and a baldy-stated event that rips your heart out. On the face of it, it is just the story of a rather ordinary woman who meets extraordinary people as she navigates life and love in her twenties and thirties. The origin of chick-lit perhaps? But Trapido bridges the tragicomedy so well she surely transcends the genre, and occasionally a sentence scorches with its truth and you realize that underneath the farce and frivolity she's pulled a sly trick, and that you are reading that oh-so-worthy thing: a treatise on the human condition.

  • Beth Peninger
    2019-03-29 12:15

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA for this advanced copy. In exchange for a pre-publish copy I am giving an honest review. Originally published in 1982 and now being re-released in November 2014 is Trapido's book that has been named by several authors as the book that influenced their writing the most. With reviews/recommendations like that I definitely wanted to read it!It's a coming of age book featuring Katherine. She's 18 and is introduced to her philosophy professor's large family, the Goldman's. After taking up with one of the older sons and then getting her heart broken by him, Katherine moves to Rome to nurse her hurting heart. While in Rome she grows up in the ways of the world and relationships and returns to England with a wounded heart but this time none of the Goldman's have anything to do with it. In fact, this time one of the Goldman's helps Katherine heal from the beating her heart has taken and she settles into a life she realizes she was actually meant to live. That's the brief summary of this title that seems to be so well loved and well received. But I'm not sure why. Maybe I'm just not as sophisticated or something but I found the story to be tedious and dull. It was not interesting in the least, in my opinion. In fact, I kept falling asleep while reading it. It lacked an actual story, it was a rather boring telling of a girl named Katherine and about 14 years of her life. Yes, there were certainly elements in the story that all young women can relate to; broken hearts, uncertainty about direction of life, loss, etc. Trapido's telling of those common experiences, however, was no more special or different than anyone else who has told of those same things in their own coming of age story. The story I am a writer so I am trying to figure out what it is about this title that influenced so many to write themselves. It does nothing of the sort for me. In fact, if anything it makes me question the literary taste of many. All the glowing reviews and awards it won when first released have me confused. Perhaps this is a case of time marching on and as it does things, including novels and authors, improve. This is Trapido's first book, I wonder if her other books are similar in style and telling or if she improved. The love felt for this book makes me think it is a case of time and maturity. Something about the book spoke to so many back when it first hit the shelves but if they read it again today I have the feeling the majority of them may wonder why they have been claiming it as a favorite all these years.

  • Erin
    2019-04-10 13:27

    Absolutely loved Katherine and the warm, sardonic Goldman family, who couldn't have appeared more real to me if they were sitting in my lounge room. Because the dialogue is so quick-witted and rich and paints a perfect image of each of the characters, the narration doesn't feel laborious or unnecessary (e.g. I adored the way Trapido describes the minor character of Katherin's mum as "a creature of fixed habits, who could only wash dishes from left to right" - this says more about a complex character in one line than some heavily descriptive novels could say in pages!). The whole thing feels like one of those filled-with-love-and-swearing arguments you have with your eccentric family at Christmas, only everyone is smarter and better looking.Read this book!

  • Lauren Albert
    2019-03-28 11:17

    Charming. The narrator is an (accidental) philosophy student, smart but self-effacing, who falls in love with her philosophy professor's whole family, and then their oldest son. It is hard not to fall in love with the family--the philosopher father who tells everyone how much he likes having sex with his wife, the mother who is matter-of-fact and sweetly bossy in her mothering (she has six children so there is a lot of mothering to do), the children who through benign neglect develop their own very individual personalities... It is hard to convey but I can promise you that you'll want to hang out with them after you meet them. It is disappointing to realize that none of them actually exist and so you can't pull up a chair in their kitchen and plop one of the babies in your lap.

  • Maddy
    2019-04-23 08:45

    One of the finest Domestic realism books I have ever read! Trapido is an author I had never heard of until the ABC Book club featured her as their classic last month and I am glad to have found her exquisite poetic prose. The story itself revolves around an unconventional family, their children and their friendship with Katherine, the patriarchs philosophy student, and later lover of two sons. It's a very simple story and not a lot happens in their lives, in fact their lives are quite ordinary, its actually the fine writing that makes this book a masterpiece. At times its very dense and sometimes its purely simplistic, but always rewarding.

  • Alyisha
    2019-04-18 08:34

    I read "Brother of the More Famous Jack" because Maria Semple (author of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?") said it was one of her all-time favorite books. It didn't turn out to be one of mine.It was fine, but I found it difficult to get into - I think, in part, due to the style. There's A LOT of dialogue. It's weird that such a thing would interfere with my interest, because I LOVE a lot of dialogue-heavy things (like "Gilmore Girls," for instance) - but I can think of no other explanation. I also never fell completely in love with any of the characters. They all have such GLARING faults, and perhaps that's what's supposed to make them lovable and relatable, but I just found them to be frustrating. Jacob, Jane, and Jont all achieved a certain degree of lovable imperfection, but Roger certainly never did; nor did Michele or the protagonist. Kath wasn't an awful person. Her insecurities did feel familiar, but I couldn't excuse how much of a doormat she allowed herself to be. Time and time again she chose men that were awful for her - men who seemed like they'd be awful for anyone! There were some wonderful comedic moments and some great one-liners, but not enough to charm me.Also, what was with the title? I know it refers to the Yeats Brothers, WB & Jack, of whom Jack actually *isn't* the more famous; WB is. Is it supposed to be a joke? A pretentious joke for the intellectually-elite? Is Roger supposed to be "the more famous" brother and Jont his lesser-known kin? WB, in reality, is more important and so is Jont? I'm really not sure... but I do know that I dislike it immensely. Such a mouthful!

  • Kandace
    2019-03-29 07:25

    Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack follow Katherine Browne as she leaves girlhood and struggles to surface as a complete woman. Katherine, the only child of a prim, inhibited mother and a deceased father, enters into university under Jacob Goldman, an independent, eccentric professor whose family comes to adore Katherine. After a heartbreaking end to her first love, Katherine begins a journey of discovery that takes her across the continent and through many beds. After an incredibly tragic loss, Katherine is back in England and with the Goldmans once more.The characters are what really drive this story. Each of them a smart, funny and exceedingly charming despite their quirks and flaws. By chapter six, I want this family to adopt me. Jane is earthy and genuine, Jacob is bawdy, but thoughtful and each of the child have an identity outside of child #1, child #2, child #3, etc. Katherine’s staid upbringing only emphasize their uncommon familial society.This is a very “English” book. As an average American reader, there are many references I didn’t get, but it did not detract from the story overall. It is an excellent coming of age story that highlights the highest of highs (first love) and the lowest of lows (death). Anyone who has gone on a journey of self-discovery, even if they never left their hometown, can identify and commiserate with Katherine.See more reviews by The Readist at

  • Wendi
    2019-04-11 09:39

    When Bloomsbury offered Brother of the More Famous Jack for early review of the reprint of this classic British novel, I was intrigued by the odd title and the lovely cover.When I read the blurb by Elizabeth Gilbert, whom I like very much, and that Trapido is a a well known and celebrated author in Britain, and this is novel is a witty observation on manners, relationships, and a female bildungsroman, my brain became all inflated with anticipation.But then I started this story about a narcissistic, flighty, and impressionable young woman and it all sort of deflated.As others have said, yes, there are elements of heartbreak here to which the reader is supposed to relate, but I find it difficult to relate to a character who has eyes for an older man whom she discovers in very short order is gay and so is thus heartbroken (she's known him for such a very short amount of time, and everyone around her immediately told her he was gay, that to claim herself in love him him was ludicrous), and so instantly, instantly turns around falls in love with the next handsome boy in line of sight, with absolutely no reason for doing so. Difficult to feel sorry for or relate to a heartbroken character who couldn't possibly be feeling any semblance of actual love or even strong affection.And so... yeah, I abandoned the book.Read the rest of my review at wanderaven

  • Corene
    2019-03-26 10:28

    A somewhat strange and delightful novel. It reads like a quirky period piece, but was actually first published in 1982, with the story beginning in the 1960s, and continuing to the (then) present day. It's filled with baffling slang and colloquialisms and profanity, but that is part of it's charm. A young university student visits her professor's Sussex home, to find a vibrant, intellectual and cuttingly articulate family. It's not really a spoiler to say she starts out involved with one of the sons, and years later winds up with his younger brother. Along the way she leaves her young naive self behind, suffers tragedy and tells her story in a sometimes offhand way, in a style which reminded me of the contemporary author Nina Stibbe. I read the republished 2014 edition with a forward by Maria Semple, who is a champion of the book after finding an out of print edition years ago. Highly recommended to readers who enjoy unconventional British novels with memorable characters and humorous dialogue. Bookclubs with a taste for this should enjoy discussing it.

  • Ekaterina M.
    2019-04-13 13:20

    Primera lectura: Febrero 2016Puntuación: 5/5El libro se ha ganado un puesto entre mis favoritos y no os lo recomiendo, os ruego que lo leáis. Hay mucho trasfondo en la historia, que no es nada superficial, muy entretenida y con unos momentos preciosos. También me ha gustado que de vez en cuando tenga unos toques de humor inteligentes, nada estúpidos. Si estáis buscando una novela bonita, con muchas enseñanzas y unos personajes entrañables, tenéis que leer este libro.Reseña completa:

  • Sharon
    2019-04-02 13:21

    I wish I had read this book last month so that it would mean something if I said it was my favorite book of the year. I came across it in my local indie much the way Maria Semple describes in her introduction, and fell in love with the title and the cover as much as with the first page. Delicious and delightful, with nods to Janes Eyre and Austen, putting me in mind of both I Capture the Castle and Fear of Flying!

  • Vanessa
    2019-03-30 12:42

    This book creeps up on you slowly. The story follows a young naïveté who enters the world of the cultural & philosophical Goldman's and what an introduction! The characters are all eccentric and flawed in their own way but also feel so welcoming. It's their perceived flaws that make you fall in love with them and all their nuances. I didn't want to rush reading this as I enjoyed being in their world so very much.

  • Kate
    2019-03-27 12:40

    A book that bears the very unusual distinction of being very good literature and a damned good read. Characters that make you fall in love with them and fast paced vivid dialogue.

  • Lauren Rochford
    2019-04-08 07:26

    Mmmmm this book is delicious it's so perfect. I'm sitting here trying to decide the best time of year for an annual reread and it has JUST occurred to me (I might be insane) that Brother of the More Famous Jack is basically Little Women told from Laurie's point of view....if Laurie was a girl and there was a lot of sex throughout. Oh my god. Yes.

  • Natalie McPhee
    2019-04-03 09:23

    English coming of age and beyond story, funny, tragic and totally engrossing.

  • Pop Bop
    2019-04-03 10:28

    A Prize in Every BoxIf you enjoyed the sturm und drang that was the Royal Tenenbaum household, (as imagined by Wes Anderson), or if you followed with fascination and dismay the adventures of Augusten Burroughs as he ran with scissors among the members of the Finch family, or if you just like brilliant cross-talk, well then have I got a book for you.Our heroine, Katherine, is smart, feisty, ruefully observant, brutally honest and self-aware, and articulate in a reserved but arresting fashion. The Goldman family, top to bottom, deserves and justifies every bit of the attention they receive. Their excesses are lavish and their forms protean. This book reflects the perfect subject when examined by the perfect observer. It's funny, wise, moving, sly, and knowing.While many enjoy and appreciate this book's plot, I submit that the characters could just as easily simply wander around the garden for a weekend and you'd still have a marvelous book. There is an arresting sentence, a chuckle or laugh, or a well crafted throwaway observation on every single page. Not a word is out of place. The writing is almost surgically precise. If you have felt at all bogged down or worn out or burdened by the fiction you recently have been reading, step into this effortlessly elegant short novel and refresh your reading senses. It will make your mind happy.Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-08 11:16

    Wonderful coming of age book about a young woman and her encounters with a delightfully eccentric family, lead by a Jewish philosophy lecturer, a stay at home mum and six children in various stages of their life development. We follow Katherine from being a woefully naive, young 18 year old with no much to worry about aside from an overbearing mother to being a mother herself nearly twelve years later. The book is split primarily into two with the first encounters with the Goldman's taking up the first half, then a brief interlude about Katherine's time abroad and then returning to the Goldman's again with an older and wiser Katherine. Despite this book being written in 1982, it somehow feels timeless. The themes are one modern women will relate to (university, singledom, motherhood) and Katherine herself is a more complex character than a tool for others; she's smart, enjoys knitting, is fashion conscious and grows up throughout the novel. The Goldman's are visceral characters described with rich depth and provide a lot if the comedy in this novel. The humour here, again, is timeless; a quaint, quintessential English-ness is described that will leave you smiling in the knowledge that nothing ever really changes and good humour never really fades. Well-worth the read and I can fully understand why this book was viewed as the must-read coming of age text of its time.

  • Karen
    2019-04-11 15:31

    Katherine is 18 years old and living quietly with her mum when she is thrown into the folds of a boisterous, loving, kind of nutty family called The Goldmans. Brought there by a mysterious older man she meets in a bookstore, she is quickly introduced to Jacob Goldman, who happens to be her new philosophy professor at university, his magnificent wife, pregnant for the 6th time and his many strong willed, handsome children. Katherine is immediately entwined into the drama and complicated relationships of which she (as an only child) has never experienced. The dynamics in the household are odd as the family, especially beautiful Roger, whom she immediately has a crush on, are both incredibly cynical and loving with each other at the same time. Through the trials and tribulations of family and intellectual life, Katherine learns much about the world which she sees through eyes much bigger than she ever imagined. This novel by Barbara Trapido was her smash debut back in the early 80's. (what the heck was I reading back then?) I adored all the characters and coming of age story of Katherine who had and lost and had it all again. Both funny and loving in that twisted dry English way, I most certainly would recommend and read anything by this fabulous author.

  • Trisha
    2019-04-03 11:18

    This has been recommended to me by my mum and aunty and probably other people for a long time. I even heard that the director recommended it to my manager at the library the other day, too! haha. So I finally read it, and really really enjoyed it. The Goldmans are definitely a lovable family for the most part, though I suppose I will forever hold a grudge against that scoundrel Roger! haha.I'm glad he turned out to be a boring Church-head - I think that suits him nicely. And from basically the first time we met Jonathan, I thought he was the one Katherine should go for.The scene where she woke up after the Italian baby's first full night of sleep and found it dead was really shocking to me, I did not expect that at all, particularly as it was such a brief sentence that revealed what had happened. And the fact that that John guy died so quietly without Katherine even knowing was also a surprise. The writing was really witty and engaging - love the humour in the story.

  • Claudia
    2019-04-17 15:19

    I enjoyed it, but I admit it started a bit slowly for my taste. For a while I kept thinking, "Now why did I want to read this again?"But then I relaxed, stopped trying to figure that out, and just took it for what it was; a rather charming account of a young Englishwoman, from a rather staid middle-class background, falling in with a bohemian academic family and discovering a new view of the world.The story is rather thin (which to say nearly plot-free), but many of the descriptions are are quite sharply observed. The narrator wasn't, particularly, but I liked spending time with the Goldmans, and I could see why she did, too. I confess there was a certain degree of self-recognition--I know some interesting, dramatic and kind folks too, and I understand the feeling of falling under another family's spell.

  • Debra
    2019-03-29 10:29

    Brother of the More Famous Jack was "recommended" to me by Kindle. I had never heard of the author or this book, which I assumed from the preface was widely read and LOVED in the UK. Published in 1982, it is a coming of age tale of Katherine, a university student in London in the 60s. She is "adopted" by her philosophy professor and his gregarious family full of precocious children. The book follows Katherine from the age of 18 until her 30s in 1980s. Katherine travels to Italy (where she faces some personal tragedies) back to London and finally to Ireland. I finished this book in record time if that speaks to the readability. Katherine, as narrator, has a clear and realistic voice. Her surrogate family, the Goldmans, are just as real if not more eccentric. Seek this one out!

  • Candace
    2019-04-10 13:19

    For some reason, when I started this book, I thought of it as a sort of prototype for the current YA genre. Accordingly, the best part of Katherine's story is that it transcends the (what can be annoying) "requirements" of YA. Katherine's life does not end (for the reader or literally) after her teenage years. Love, while certainly a significant role in her teenage and adult life, is not the only thing that matters to her--or to the reader. And just as it is for actual teenagers, sex is an honest topic, refreshingly, for both Kath and the other adult characters (the exception being Kath's mother, whose silence on that subject isn't shocking) without consuming other, equally real and necessary, topics. Best of all, Kath felt like a true human being: she is strong in some areas while lacking in others.

  • Monique
    2019-04-24 11:38

    I loved this book. I gobbled it up, sneaking little reads whenever I could and indulging in the odd long read-a-thon one Sunday afternoon. You can read everyone else's reviews to find out what the book's about - I don't need to say it again. The language is beautiful and literary and I love her turn of phrase and the little things she observes about her characters and their surroundings. It's funny, heartbreaking and satisfying and I loved every page.I'm now looking forward to reading some of her other work. According to the blurbs in the end pages, there's even a novel about one of the characters we meet towards the end of the book, many years later.