Alex and Andrew are friends. And Barbara…Barbara is a goddess. Here is the eternal triangle, the story of three people in an unhappy tangle of emotions, none able to articulate the precise quality of their longing and dissatisfaction.Are any of them truly interested in reaching the ‘paradise’ they claim to be seeking, or are they actually trying to avoid it?In St. John’s hands, what is commonplace is transformed and transcendent. This is the work of an extraordinary writer.
‘Not much in the way of folly escapes Madeleine St John, and the oubliette she opens into the darker reaches of the spirit is unsettling.’
‘St John proves herself a comic, humane observer.’
‘Madeleine St John is brilliant on the elliptical way lovers talk to each other.’