For here was a case where doctoring absolutely was not just pills and sympathy. This was complex. This was about the whole person, no, about three people. This was going to be a challenge.
Philip and Sue, in their mid-20s, near the start of their working lives, have moved to Eden Grove, to a two-up-two-down individually designed quality residence in a small town for the circle of a year.
Philip is a locum in a nearby GP surgery, and Sue commutes an hour each day to her job in an art gallery. On the surface, their life together is unremarkable, but around them and within them is a kaleidoscope of complex, intersecting worlds.
When Philip struggles with his new patients - a child with ADHD whose mother doesn't trust doctors, an elderly woman who insists on experiencing every stage of her body's decline - and when Sue decides to curate a new exhibition with a crucial emptiness at its heart, they both find themselves overstepping the boundaries of their professional lives.
As the year turns, and their risky choices lead them into an uncertain future, the young couple are forced to confront questions that surround us all: how much do we really know about the place we live in, or ourselves? What does it mean to belong? And, in the end, who is it that we can we rely on?
Original, exhilarating and surprisingly tender, this story of two people and the life they inhabit is a visionary tour de force.
This extraordinary novel is about the layer of consciousness below the surface ... Disturbingly, stunningly real Kate Saunders, Saga A fascinating, strange and formally delightful novel Independent on Sunday Stylistically ambitious ... This contemplative novel occasionally reaches a more engaging, vibrant pitch Literary Review The author's medical research is exhaustive and judiciously employed ... Reynold's prose is always lucid and elegant ... He negotiates the ethical and practical dilemmas of medicine, and the grey area between creativity and charlatanism in art, with great aplomb Times Literary Supplement 'A strikingly original and funny novel, which hits its targets with deadly accuracy. I loved the writing and Alizia's voice ... A winner' Helen Dunmore on Designs for a Happy Home 'I read this very engaging book in two sittings. The character of Alizia is really original, funny and touching ... A genuinely original piece of writing and one which I thoroughly enjoyed' Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on Designs for a Happy Home 'A smart, sparkling read, peeling back the layers of Alizia Tame's seemingly perfect existence to reveal the human truth beneath the surface' Elle on Designs for a Happy Home 'An engrossing, clever and funny novel' Literary Review on Designs for a Happy Home
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st March 2013
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 15.3 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1