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on 4 June 2017
Something is about to happen. We are on a street in an unspecified party of Britain, and something is about to happen that will change things. We are introduced to the street's residents and look into their lives and how they interrelate. Snapshots and vignettes that build a mosaic of families and friends. Alongside this is a second narrative strand after the event, told in the first person, the story of a young woman who is pregnant. The two strands intertwine and resolve each other at the end.
It's a solid piece of writing, that is quite stylish and features some fine flourishes. The characters are well drawn too. The pain of being branded shy is well realised as are the intimacies of relationships and youth.
I will admit that I'm not sure what the title refers to. There are failures of communication in the book, of people not telling things, but party of the charm is that it is an observation of the mundane, but for that one event.