Mona will soon turn 60. She lives alone by the sea, running a shop where she makes beautiful outfits for dolls. When she meets a local man and they begin taking day trips together, the newfound intimacy ignites memories from her troubled past: a tragic childhood, a difficult marriage, the death of loved ones. But Mona has found a means of coping with her grief – a process she shares with others in similar circumstances – in scenes that are as unexpected as they are moving. De Waal is a compassionate and insightful writer, and here she tackles addiction, depression and illness in luminous prose and with emotional acuity.