When Tess is sent to London for a conference, suddenly free of being a wife and mother, she retraces the steps of her former life.
This is a deceptive little book as it so full of taught, crisp observances of daily life - making sandwiches for children's lunches, caring for an elderly parent - that it makes for a compelling read. The story is also homage or reimagining of Chekhov's short story, The Lady with the Dog (1899), which I have not read so cannot explore in more detail.
Funder is a remarkable author. I fell in love with her writing in her non-fiction account of the East German secret police in Stasiland. Her debut novel, All That I Am, was lauded by critics and received the Miles Franklin Award for Literature, among other accolades. That she publishes so infrequently makes any release a must-read. So go make some tea, get comfy and immerse yourself in this novella.