Kate Flynn has always been a clever girl, brought up to believe in herself as something special. Now Kate is forty-three and has given up her university career in London to come home and look after her mother at Firenze, their big house by a lake in Cardiff. When Kate meets David Roberts, a friend from the old days, she begins to obsess about him: she knows it's because she's bored and hasn't got anything else to do, but she can't stop.
Adapting to a new way of life, the connections Kate forges in her new home are to have painful consequences, as the past begins to cast its long shadow over the present...
Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels,
Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award,
Everything Will Be All Right,
The Master Bedroom,
Clever Girl and
The Past, and three collections of stories,
Married Love and
The Past won the Hawthornden Prize for 2016, and
Bad Dreams won the 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She lives in London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in the
Yorker and other magazines.