From the publisher:
This is a writer unafraid of the graveside, or the bedside, of filling the space of the story to the brim. Large events happen in small lives – people die, for a start, they fall in and out of love, they have children and affairs. The slow leaking of love out of a relationship is described in particular and terrible banality, as Costello’s characters move about their ordinary rooms. There is a kind of immaculate suburban sadness in many of these tales.Costello’s characters are lonely, especially when they are in a relationship. This loneliness is almost precious; it is certainly made sweeter by infidelity. Sexual betrayal is a recurring theme, not just as escape, but as transcendence.Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.