Ever tried to have your cake and eat it? Stella Duffy s compelling new novel is the tale of one woman who does and pays the price.
Happily married with a loving husband, a beautiful home and a successful management consultancy, Lisa decides her life isn t exciting enough. She embarks on a passionate affair with Neil, her best friend s commitment-allergic boyfriend, and, when he starts to get too serious, finds fresh gratification in the arms of a woman. She juggles all three partners, for a while. But then Paul a tragedy occurs, and Lisa, finally, is burnt by the fire she thought she was playing with. With humour and compassion, Stella Duffy turns her sharp eye on contemporary relationships, and explores what, beyond sex and novelty, they need to last.
'A sassy, frank and wickedly convincing page-turner - List
A witty and candid tale - New Woman
A darker offering than usual from the witty Stella Duffy...With typical assurance Duffy examines the thirty-something IKEA generation and finds hidden strengths within the self-delusion and hypocrisy - Gay Times
Stella Duffy has written thirteen novels, over fifty short stories, and ten plays. She has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year and twice won the CWA Short Story Dagger. HBO have optioned her two Theodora novels for television. In addition to her writing work, Stella is a theatre-maker and the co-director of the national Fun Palaces campaign for greater access to culture for all. She was awarded an OBE in 2016 for her services to the Arts. Her website is www.stelladuffy.wordpress.com.