Longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish 2020 Fiction Prize
Right from the opening page of this curious story, we know we are going to be led on a strange and twisting journey. One sweltering midsummer night, two young women forge an unlikely bond. One of them is full of hope and ambition, the other devoid of it. How can they lead good lives, they wonder? What will they give to the world? By the time the sun comes up, their futures have been rewritten and their fates decided. Captivating and involving, in turns joyful and desolate, this haunting mystery is an exploration of vicariousness, virtue and privilege.