Nominated for many awards, Naoise Dolan's debut novel is a dryly funny look at love, power and privilege set against the backdrop of ex-pat Hong Kong.
When you leave Ireland aged 22 to spend your parents' money, it's called a gap year. When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money, she's not sure what to call it, but it involves:
- a badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children;
- Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room;
- Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks;
- money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections.
Exciting times ensue.
'The book of the summer ... Kept me rapt until the final page' THE TIMES
'Droll, shrewd and unafraid - a winning debut' Hilary Mantel, author of WOLF HALL
Dimensions: 13 x 20cm
288 page paperback book