A.L. Kennedy is an all-time favorite of mine. Her writing is unlike anyone else out there. Her story ideas, truly unique. I would tell you a little about this book, but that's hard to do without giving too much away, or diminishing it. I will say, it takes place on a boat shuttling retirees from Britain to America, present dayish. The novel follows the strangely misplaced, younger passengers Beth and mysterious Arthur, and explores the murky past between them... all this while Beth's better half suffers from a fiendish bout of sea sickness. Throw in some psychic mediums, dead mothers, and disappointing fathers along the way, and you have what turns out to be a surprisingly touching, humorous, and heartbreaking novel.
A.L. Kennedy is not a gentle writer. She's raw, cunning, and crude. Most of her books are manipulative and mind-bending, and this one is no exception. But her acrobatic writing will leave you dizzy and breathless and hooked. She's phenomenal. If you haven't read her, you're not reading the right things.