From being a celebrity in the 90’s to having a boss with a large beard, nothing is shied away from in this big pot of life. This book follows every 15th July from 1988 (end of their studentship) to near present day in the lives of two characters; Emma and Dexter, and their relationship with each other and others. Don’t be put off by the length (430 odd pages) of this book – it is so ridiculously easy to read it makes the act of putting on a DVD seem like overexertion. That’s not to say that the writing isn’t thickly layered – it’s stuffed with literary calories. Emma and Dexter jump out of the book and start living with you, eat your food and argue over the top of your head about the worthlessness of Scrabble. So much of the sharp-razor sharp dialogue sticks a grin on your face, people are unlikely to sit next to you on the train (read in extra comfort).
So there’s Emma: warm, funny and cataclysmically directionless. Dexter: confident, arrogant, and transparent. The book then bends these attributes into the three dimensional. Their relationship treads its own path – there’s no inevitability in what the next year will bring – their interactions with others the same. Every supporting character, whether they’re on one page or a hundred is given their own space to be believable and interesting, and most likely make quite a bit of a mess of things.
The book finished – I’m missing them both. Time for them to come and bother you.
my youtube review is here