A subtle and moving debut from a new Irish talent; January in Dublin. Margaret Boyle is at an all time low. Her academic career has stalled, her self-esteem is crumbling and she fears her American husband is on the brink of an affair. In a moment of desperation she sends him packing. Without a home and bewildered by his wife's behaviour, Paul finds himself renting a room from an elderly widow while he deals with the turmoil at work and attentions of the pretty, flirtatious Elaine. Curt Adler examines the passion, the greed and ultimately the vitality of contemporary Dublin life, as gradually Margaret and Paul try to piece together their broken lives and search for something enduring, something that will finally last.