This skillfully written novel is a family history that starts in 1913 with 16 year old Daphne Sawle lying in a hammock eagerly waiting for her brother George and his friend Cecil to come home for the weekend. Home is "Two Acres" near London, where Daphne lives with her widowed mother Freda, her older brother Hubert, and George. The book spans a century and we get to follow the family members and their relationships to one another in great detail. There is also a bit of how family myths get started and how being gay in England has changed. I will definitely be reading more by Alan Hollinghurst.