If you want a novel with a linear plot, this isn't the book for you. Rather, it's a series of lyrical vignettes that explore the relationship between Daniel Gluck, 100+ years old and his young neighbor, Elizabeth who was born in 1984. The skeleton of the story is set in 2016 in Brexit England when Daniel is in a care home and Elizabeth has just finished her doctorate on an obscure 1960s British female pop artist. Alternating between the two main characters's lives, Smith has a drawn a word portrait of British/western culture in the last 100 years. The scenes where Elizabeth tries to renew her passport at the Post Office are both funny and painfully true...

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