Lizzie's father walked out on the family when she was a little girl, and, ever since, she can't seem to get her life on track. Now she is working at a dead-end job and having an affair with her boss, who is not only older but wildly unsuitable.
A reissue of the evocative first novel by the author of Perfect Lives Quite unlike her fair stepsisters, Lizzie is dark and secretive, "just like your father," says her mother. But what was her father like? Photos of him are hidden away, and snatches of overheard conversation between her mother and her stepfather deepen the mystery. Only her best friend Savannah—also abandoned by her father when she was a baby—knows what it feels like to wonder, to try and piece together an earlier story. When events propel Lizzie to go alone to London she stops wondering and starts searching. Beautifully evoking the ache of childhood loss, the scrappy joys of chaotic families, and the hurt and relief of understanding, this novel reveals Polly Samson's talent for laying bare the uncomfortable truths that lie just under the skin, in every family, in every secret.