The unravelling of Paul Starr's life only begins after his death. Dead in a car accident he is found with a young pregnant woman by his side. Not his wife, not known to anyone Kasia is the victim here. From this point on the double or triple or quadruple life of Paul is told in painstaking detail.
There is his first wife Evie - much older than him and there are no children. That is the crux of the problem. He leaves her for Grace who gives him a daughter and then decides surreptitiously to be on the pill as she cannot cope with pregnancy or the life that follows having children. The moment he discovers this he moves on to Annaliese with whom he has two boys. He has just left her when the accident happens. At the same time Paul is able to juggle the relationships because he is in constant touch with all the women, all the children and maintain a fairly decent relationship with all.
The story gets really interesting only after his death and this is where the complications set in. The story of family support and love, actually in this case extended family and of four outstandingly strong women and how they cope with an unusual situation thrust on them.
Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review courtesy of Atria Books.