It opens with Kata, a choir leader, cycling through a fishing village on her way to the evening concert. As she goes by, she is seen by various villagers (many are members of her choir), and the novel comprises their thoughts and stories, from the idle car mechanic and the bank manager’s wife to the retired advertising executive and the alcoholic vicar. Its timespan is just the couple of minutes Kata takes to pass by, but stories interweave and build, and gradually a picture of a community, with all its complexity and flaws, is assembled. It is a simple idea, sympathetically executed with an eye for the poetry of the everyday. Peirene has discovered a heart-warming gem.