4 stars? That seems a little high, but I enjoyed it more than most of my 3-star reads. Glancy’s central idea – some will call it a gimmick – is a little quirky, and must have been demanding to maintain for the whole novel. I suppose it’s worth the fourth star on that basis alone!
This is another fun novel that is a light exploration of human relationships, couples and families. It takes its place beside similar works by other emerging southern hemisphere writers (Glancy is from Africa but lives in New Zealand) like Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project / The Rosie Effect) and Toni Jordan (Addition / Nine Days). A highly recommended light read – it’s not taxing, but is so much more satisfying than most of the best-seller fiction clogging up bookstore and library shelves.