After holidaying in France with a group of old university friends, Isobel and Eric discover that Ben and Maggie’s daughter, Iris, has been critically ill and is now permanently deaf. Isobel knows her decision not to have her own children vaccinated is to blame for Iris’ deafness. And Ben knows this too. To make matters worse, Isobel is the woman he fell in love with in his twenties--the woman who married his best friend.
As he and Maggie start legal proceedings against his ex-lover and his best friend, Isobel's world begins to unravel as friendships, relationships, and loyalties are all tested to the limit.
"A compulsively readable what-if story.... Enfield brilliantly conveys how claustrophobic and trapped the four main characters feel as events spiral out of control.... A surprising page-turner with an extraordinarily haunting conclusion." (Mail on Sunday)
"A compelling read, with a constantly evolving plot that kept me hooked to the end, as well as a vivid, detailed and funny picture of the life of two modern families." (William Nicholson)
"Lizzie Enfield has a great talent for mirroring all our lives through those small moments that make up a whole. Her writing reminds me of Anne Tyler's wonderful forensic style in which ordinary details are used to create extraordinary stories." (Araminta Hall)
"Living With It is a brilliant evocation of emotional turmoil. Lizzie Enfield vividly portrays the parental dilemmas, moral complexities and potentially tragic consequences of the MMR controversy. Gripping and thought provoking." (James LeFanu)
"Lizzie Enfield is a writer with a gift for conveying the intricacies and subtleties of relationships between family and friends. Her dialogue is perfectly pitched, and her storytelling thought-provoking and nuanced. Living With It explores an emotive issue with insight and care." (Sarah Rayner)
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