I love Lurie's work but this was a real disappointment. There is none of the depth and range of insight into the psychology of the characters as in her other novels and I found them shallow and one sided. Miranda, the hippy type chaotic mother is a stereotype and without interest. The abiding theme of a woman who is having and affair and wallowing in guilt at the same time becomes tedious. The husband's character is non existant and you never know what makes him tick or what he thinks about. The best drawn character in the book is that of her noxious kid. Lurie fans - give this one a miss.