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I like most things Maggie O'Farrell has written, and this didn't disappoint.

It deals with the relationship between Claudette, a reclusive former movie star, and Daniel, an American linguistics professor with a slightly unstable streak. This is revealed in layers through a range of narrators and times, some of which were less immediately relevant than others at first, but which built up together.

It did mean that I found it could be hard to remember where I was and what I already knew. But it all worked.


Strangely, it reminded me less of earlier O'Farrell but hugely of The Crow Road by Iain Banks, and his other family sagas. The oddball family, the secrets and the central slightly immature male character, as well as the style, were all hugely reminiscent of Iain Banks.

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