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An Irresponsible Age by Lavinia Greenlaw
An Irresponsible Age revolves around the Clough family, five siblings with emotionally detached parents who are struggling to define themselves and their relationships in 1990. The youngest of them, Tobias, is killed in an accident, upsetting all their worlds, especially Juliet's. She's suffering from a mysterious and undiagnosed pain, and decides she needs a fresh start in America. Before she leaves, she begins an affair with Jacob, a self-obsessed and untrustworthy man estranged from his wife. Her siblings all struggle with their relationships, Fred and Carlo with new lovers and Clara with her marriage. It's a bumpy road from the togetherness of family to individual lives and responsibilities for the Cloughs. Lavinia Greenlaw's second novel has received positive reviews with The Guardian saying, "Gifted with a sharp eye for detail and a fine sensitivity to verbal nuance and patterning, Greenlaw has already established herself as a significant force in British poetry. This new novel seems certain to confirm her developing reputation as a writer of lively, intelligent and well-crafted fiction."