When the last of your children has flown the nest, will there be time for a second honeymoon?
Ben is, at last, leaving home. At twenty-two, he's the youngest of the family. His mother, Edie, an actress, is distraught. His father, Russell, a theatrical agent, is rather hoping to get his wife back. His brother, Matthew, is struggling in a relationship in which he achieves and earns less than his girlfriend. And his sister, Rosa, is wrestling with debt and the end of a turbulent love affair.
Meet the Boyd family and the empty nest, twenty-first-century style.
“The author's witty manipulation of her characters recalls the other Trollope, although there is nothing Victorian about her style...perfectly pitched dialogue”
“One of the finest chroniclers of the way we live now”
Independent on Sunday
“Trollope has perfectly caught the angst of the empty nest... the ebb and flow of relationships is brilliantly handled”
“The queen of the domestic dilemma...observant and empathetic”
The Sunday Times
“Trollope has always written well and convincingly about property. It's her refusal to divorce her characters' inner lives from the accumulated stuff of their outer ones that makes the best of it so compelling”
The Daily Telegraph
“Joanna Trollope has an uncanny knack of pinpointing key modern domestic dilemmas around which to thicken her absorbing plots”
“Poignant prose...her novels have always contained the unexpected, but lately they've gained a grittiness which suits the everyday subject matter that lies at the heart of her writing”
“Playful, unguessable and clever”
“Intelligent and humane, and there's never a word out of place”
“Beautifully written, and her treatment of the generation gap between parents and offspring is observed with all the unforced empathy that has become her hallmark.”
“A compulsively readable tragi-comedy of empty nest syndrome ... never a dull moment.”
Katie Owen, Sunday Telegraph
“A feisty read you won't want to put down.”
“A must-read for empty nesters ... this is Trollope at her most poignant.”