Athena and Dexter Fox lead a contended family life with their sons, Arthur and Billy. Dexter is gregarious and opinionated. Athena runs an ordered household. But the arrival of Dexter's old friend Elizabeth, and her charismatic companions, reveals a world in which contingency and choice play a far greater role. The collision between these worlds will test everything that has held the Fox family together.
Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942, and has been writing and publishing since her first book, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977.