By Tessa Hadley
Unsettled through the new demise of his mom, Paul units out looking for Pia, his daughter from his first marriage, who has disappeared into the labyrinth of London. gaining knowledge of her pregnant and residing illegally in a run-down council flat with a couple of Polish siblings, Paul is entranced by way of Pia’s pleasure at residing at the aspect. leaving behind his moment spouse and their young ones in Wales, he joins her to start a brand new existence within the middle of London. Cora, in the meantime, is operating within the wrong way, again to Cardiff, to the home she has inherited from her mom and dad. She is escaping her marriage, and the constrictions and disappointments of her existence in London. yet there's a deeper this is why she can't stick with her good Civil provider husband—the aftershocks of which she hasn’t totally come to phrases with herself. Connecting either tales is the London educate, and an opportunity assembly that would have quick and far-reaching outcomes for either Paul and Cora.
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Don’t tell her yet, please, just not yet. You promised you wouldn’t. V Home from his London visit, Paul found that his routines, which had seemed satisfying enough before he left – the hours working in his study, the long walks, the round of picking up the children from the bus stop after school, the language classes for foreign undergraduates at the university – had hollowed themselves out in one convulsive movement. He was restless, he couldn’t sit at his computer. Elise was working on a set of voluptuously dainty Edwardian dining chairs; crowded on the cobbles in her workroom, they seemed to be at their own debauched party, broken up into gossiping groups tilted towards one another, their insides spilling out of rips in the filthy old purple velvet.
Pia? Pia? Are you there? He didn’t know what to say. Should he mention seeing her the other day, in the Underground? That might frighten her off, as if he was spying on her, omniscient. When she was younger he had gone for weeks without speaking to her: now the thickness of her silence down the line seemed precious, and he was afraid to put a word wrong. – Are you there? – Hello, Dad. Behind the ordinariness of her voice, whatever place she was in sent back its unfamiliar echo. He put all his skill into coaxing her, not making too much of their contact.
Paul told Ruth’s brother about the Willises and the chainsaw; when he and Gerald walked over one evening for a pint at the pub in the village, Alun was at the bar. He laughed and said Willis was a nutter, but that if the trees were on Willis’s land, there wasn’t much Paul could do about it, a trim wouldn’t do them any harm. He was friendly, but Paul felt Alun always kept him at a deliberate distance, perhaps because of things Ruth told him, perhaps just because of what he would imagine was Paul’s type: English, opinionated, arrogant.