by Louise Dean, a review from The Atlantic Monthly by Christina Schwarz.
"It's hard to believe that this poignant examination of long marriage is Dean's first novel, so subtly does she develop the relationships among her characters and so skillfully does she balance delight and despair. Plucking two couples ? one English and elderly, one Belgian and middle-aged ? from their domestic routines and planting them on holiday at a Caribbean resort, she offers a change of scene as an opportunity to determine whether each is together merely because of habit and a long-ago promise or because of some stronger bond." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.