Stunning and difficult, Stella Goldman is programmed for maximum nuisance capacity, but when she discovers both her father's affair and her boyfriend's infidelity on the same day, she flees into the arms of kindly Pen, who speaks as though he's stepped out ofBrief Encounter.
Meanwhile, her friend Ellen struggles to come to terms with the death of her sister, Lydia, whose ghost haunts not only her and her father Roland, but the beloved Goldmans (fromBrother of the More Famous Jack), too. Along with eccentric professors, wicked monks, and the titular travelling hornplayer, their lives collide in a breathtaking finale.
The brilliant [Trapido] . . . is one of the better-kept secrets of contemporary letters . . . [She] is a great novelist; sooner or later the whole reading world will know it. - San Francisco Chronicle "Wondrously amusing, in a way that too few books are anymore." - Chicago Tribune "Her fans might be forgiven for thinking this writer couldn't get any better. She just has." - The Guardian "Murdochian entertainment: a tragicomedy of errors. Trapido . . . races along with a kind of nervy glamour." - The New Yorker "Witty . . . moving . . . clever, warm-hearted." - The New York Times Book Review
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