*A witty, perceptive novel on the unusual theme of adoption.
As a child Alice had paid the nuns half a crown to adopt a black baby from the mission in Africa - a baby that never appeared. Now a loveless spinster of sixty-seven, still yearning for a daughter, Alice's life is one of dull predictability, unbroken by the ritual visit from her middle-aged relatives.
Then one evening Dinah storms into her home. Bawdy, busty and black, enigmatic friend to the wayward and eccentric, Dinah is about to take on Dublin and transform Alice's life - creating a world of unlimited love and miraculous possibilities...
Sexual generosity triumphs over terrified frigidity, warmth dries out cold, renewal stamps out decay... This is a novelist who alters one's ways of seeing - SUNDAY TIMES
Splendidly original and richly comic... the writing is a joy - IRISH TIMES
The book I have read with the greatest pleasure, amusement and deep sympathy - Molly Keane, SUNDAY TIMES
Humorous and inventive... it spills over with affections for strangeness and wayward warmth - THE TIMES