Wow, a real mix of reviews here, so I’m pleased to place my stick somewhere near the middle of the road. It’s a very quietly-paced book, full of irony and subtle humour that at times had me laughing out loud.
I always go slightly green to recall how young this multi-prize winning novelist Zadie Smith is – what maturity and insight she has, particularly (where this book is concerned) with regard to the inner workings of a life-long marriage. With a deft hand she… holds up to the light the compromises, trade-offs and unspoken deals partners make with each other during the course of their relationship.
There’s a lot more going on in this novel, and other reviewers have done a much better job at summarising them, but what will stay with me is the story of two people coming together after intense betrayal and finding that, in the end, there’s still something there worth fighting for.