Sylvia, a brilliant and successful eye surgeon is nevertheless amazed to find herself pregnant, despite taking no precautions. Iris is a timid young woman in love with a man from a different social stratum. And Ruby, a 1950s housewife, receives poison-pen letters, which she believes she thoroughly deserves. Linking these women is a fascinating thread that weaves their lives together in this powerful novel about love and the lack of it; about loss, mothering, sight and insight.
"Ferguson skewers snobbery, selfishness and malice with deft, almost aphoristic phrases, and her intelligence needles her creations out of their individual ruts; but it is her understanding of suffering which cuts deepest" (The Independent)