Meeting Graeme, Tess feels like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, soothed by a cool, plain leaf after his greedy, abandoned Saturday binge of chocolate cake, cherry pie, Swiss cheese, salami. After a sustained period of self-indulgence, her relationship with Graeme feels refreshing, uncomplicated, healthy. But it is difficult not to return to craving those tempting, instantly satisfying hits…
One Nice Green Leaf is a novel about contemporary middle-class female identity and sexuality, and the choices and complexities and compromises of marriage. The novel seeks to tease apart the conventional trinity of love, sex and marriage, and to examine some of the imperfect correlations between these elements: marriage without sex; sex without love; love without marriage.
The story is told through a series of non-chronological chapter ‘snapshots’ taken from different periods in Tess’s life, from childhood into middle age. It traces her emerging sexuality, her developing sense of self, and the trajectory of her subsequent decisions to marry, remain faithful to, and be tempted away from, Graeme.
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