Maria Flook

The novel takes place in one day.  A beleaguered womanizer, Grafton, attempts to win back an old girlfriend, Caroline, whose son has recently died in a wind turbine accident.  Yet there are other men and ex-lovers in line before him, including a veterinarian who is coming to her house to put down Caroline’s dog with the “two-injection method.”  Caroline plans to commemorate the event with a formal dinner party, which features a cast of volatile guests, some invited, some not.  Flook’s iconic blend of black comedy, biting wisdom, and characteristic lyricism explores the raw sanctuaries where women and men connect and disconnect.