A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they met in their twenties. Thirty years later, Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer's evening at home when they receive a distraught call from Lydia. Zach is dead. In the wake of this profound loss, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach, with his generous, grounded spirit, was the irreplaceable one. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. But instead of loss bringing them closer, over the following months it warps their relationships. And as old entanglements and grievances rise from the past, love and sorrow give way to anger and bitterness.