Two married couples and best friends—Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia—are thrown for a loop when Zachary suddenly dies, disturbing the equilibrium of their relationships and stirring up old feelings between Lydia and Alexandr they'd thought long since snuffed.
Hadley...brings readers into the world of a complicated quartet of friends and lovers ... Hadley traces the friends’ relationships through the decades, not only revealing the evolution of their friendships and romances but also the rise and fall of their youthful ambitions and artistic passions. A layered and compelling read.
Hadley’s perceptive, finely wrought novel...traces the impact of the death of one man on three others ... Hadley is a writer of the first order, and this novel gives her the opportunity to explore, with profound incisiveness and depth, the inevitable changes inherent to long-lasting marriages.
... quietly riveting ... A four-person character study—here as always, Hadley is a master of interpersonal dynamics—the novel captures the complexity of loss. Their grief is not only for Zachary; it is for the lives they thought they knew. Restrained and tender.