A story that stays with you
The Booker Prize-shortlisted story opens with a seemingly placid student who, unprovoked, impulsively insults a police officer and spends a night in jail. She’s not telling anyone at college about her family, but we glean that she has a troubled relationship with her parents, and her siblings have both mysteriously disappeared from her life. There’s a spectacular plot twist about a third of the way through, and that’s when it becomes a truly memorable work of literature. The narrator has a strong voice, witty and snarky, it’s an enjoyable read.
Some books make you feel; this one makes you think – particularly about sibling relationships, what makes us human, and our place in the world. Highly recommended – and worthy of its Booker shortlist. (To avoid spoilers, don’t even look at the blurb on the back – just plunge in.)