Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn't mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail- a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack's secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it's delivered into the wrong hands- her children's.
With this vertiginous opening begins a debut that is by turns funny, wise, and indescribably moving. Writing with extraordinary precision, humour, and beauty, Julia Pierpont has crafted a timeless novel about the bonds of family life - their brittleness, and their resilience.