A multilayered portrait of a young girl coming of age. Nothing is as it seems - a mother who is anything but motherly, a brother who is gay, the brother's friend whom the main character Aroon St Charles believes loves her, runs off with a school chum. All these set backs for Aroon are deftly or naively excused under the guise of "Good Behaviour" It's only when the family home is left to Aroon by her father does she feel redeemed in any way. A simple story, however each time I read it I find more about the characters. Perhaps the best example of characterisation I have ever read, and as a social history of the landed class in Ireland - unsurpassable!