This book tells the story of Lily and Lawrence, who crash badly from the heights of wealth and society, to a sparse and poverty-stricken lifestyle, after Lawrence loses his job and all their possessions in a pyramid scheme dive. Matthews, the author, realistically portrays the devastation of the characters in finding their former lavish home boarded up, and having to apply to live in a house in a run-down neighbourhood, hocking their most treasured jewellery to survive.
This is a book that makes you realise not to take your life for granted; don’t live frivolously, love your friends, spend time with your family, be real. Okay so it’s not written poetically, or with a wealth of highly-constructed subplots and characters. And I cringed at the excessive alcohol consumption and drunkenness that was seen as a normal everyday occurrence. However, this book is a page-turner, and it is eye-opening, as you discover, through the characters, that to find happiness in life you need togetherness, not money.
Worth a read.