Ordinary People

Ordinary People

‘You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It’s your last chance, and most people miss it.’

South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn’t want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can’t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian’s father has thrown him into crisis – or is it something, or someone, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap?

Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.

Title:Ordinary People
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781784742164
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    Ordinary People Reviews

  • Cheri

    2.5 StarsIt used to be so natural (Used to be)To talk about foreverBut used-to-be's don't count anymoreThey just lay on the floor 'til we sweep them awayAnd baby, I rememberAll the things you taught m...

  • Katie B

    I had so much trouble with this one. I started it, read a few chapters, and put it down and hoped if I let a little time pass I could maybe get into it. But clearing my head and rereading the beginnin...

  • Rachel

    Ordinary People is an unassuming book in many ways, right down to a title that arguably puts a wall up and makes the reader ask right off the bat 'why should I care?' Diana Evans answers that question...

  • Gumble's Yard

    Girl, I'm in love with youThis ain't the honeymoonPassed the infatuation phase ..Seems like we argue everydayI know I misbehaved and you made your mistakes .We're just ordinary peopleWe don't know wh...

  • Peter Boyle

    This Women's Prize shortlisted novel focuses on the struggles of two black couples in London, circa 2008. First up are Michael and Melissa, who have been engaged for 13 years. They live in 13 Paradise...

  • Paul Fulcher

    How long will you go on living your life as if you were balancing on a ribbon?Now deservedly shortlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction, and set largely in a wonderfully drawn South-East Londo...

  • Collin

    LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION.3.5 Stars.Looking back in hindsight, I probably went into this book expecting not to like it. Even the title has a way of unintentionally lowering you...

  • Eric Anderson

    In a way I felt a special connection with this novel centred around a location so familiar to me. Diana Evans Ordinary People is set roughly a decade ago spanning between the year of Obamas election ...

  • Rebecca

    This reminded me a fair bit of On Beauty by Zadie Smith high praise as thats one of my favorite novels of the last 15 years. It focuses on two Black couples in South London and the suburbs who, in th...

  • But_i_thought_

    The problem with this book is its sheer ordinariness. Quaint domestic dramas like these seemed to be popular some 20 years ago think, Suzanne Bernes A Perfect Arrangement or Rachel Cusks Arlington Pa...