This novel tells the story of the Slater family, from when the parents met as teenagers in the 1970's, through marriage and having their three kids in the 1980's and on to divorce and family breakdown in the 1990's. It's a story that will be familiar to many people but told so well and with such honesty and heart that it's worth reading again. This novel is also definitely of a time and place. If you grew up in Australia in the 80's and 90's you'll get it. If you grew up in Western Australia you'll get all the little references (Remember Supa Value? WA Salvage?) But most of all if you've ever felt that the process of growing up is like the dimming of a light. If you've ever struggled to hold onto the people you love. You'll get this book. This novel deserves to be widely read and go down as an Australian classic.