This ingenious play of differing perspectives makes a simple, familiar story of betrayal something far more slippery and enticing – notwithstanding the fact that it is primarily the two men’s stories we get. Alicia makes her decision, and has her letter, but mostly she is the object of the men’s attention. Springtime in a Broken Mirror, too, fractures its telling to give everybody’s side of the story, but these narrative devices are not deployed merely for the sake of it. Both books are utterly fresh, at once heartbreaking and charming. Here’s hoping we’ll soon have more of Benedetti’s back catalogue to read.