In Lily King’s third novel, Daley Amory struggles to come to terms with her parents’ separation. While her mother appears to receive a new lease of life, Daley watches her father spiral into a miserable existence spurred on by an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.
As the years progress, Daley chooses to sever contact with her father, and after losing her mother suddenly, she finds herself very alone. When word reaches her that her father has taken a turn for the worse, she’s torn between her troubled past and her independent present.
King’s novel is a careful consideration of the role family plays in determining our future, whether we like it or not.