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.
‘A sharp, smart, witty modern love story. I loved it’ David Nicholls, author of ONE DAY
‘More than lives up to the hype … Likely to fill the Sally-Rooney-shaped hole in many readers’ lives’ IRISH TIMES
‘Droll, shrewd and unafraid – a winning debut’ Hilary Mantel
‘A frankly sensational book’ Pandora Sykes
*SHORTLISTED for Dalkey Literary Awards Emerging Writer of the Year 2021*