Joshua and Natalie share a vexed five-year history of sporadic encounters, explosive drunkenness and failed intercourse, all spliced with the occasional sad intimation of true love. Natalie attempts to start a new life without him in Manchester, but when Joshua calls unexpectedly and asks her to meet him in America she knows she has no choice but to go. Whilst wandering around the Blue Ridge Mountains or lying together for days in their cheap hotel room, they talk about their lives about his ex-wife, and her dead family and come to a slow, surprising understanding.
Gwendoline Riley was born in 1979. Her first novel, Cold Water, won a Betty Trask Award. Her second, Sick Notes, was published in 2004.