(From the publisher):
An Impressionist seascape fascinates student Emma on a visit to an art galllery. Grains of sand are caught forever in the paint—trapped—just as she is in her claustrophobic relationship with antiques dealer John. During the next two weeks, Emma is increasingly drawn towards the enigmatic Toby. Only psychologist Evan knows Toby's secret, and how it will fundamentally affect any relationship with Emma. He is torn between patient confidentiality, his duty to his friend, John and his own frustrated desires. An unexpected stay at a seaside cottage brings matters to a head. Meanwhile, John's life is slowly falling apart, thanks to the machinations of his assistant, Felicity. His ex-lover, the outrageous Renée, remembers Felicity from school and can sense the impending crisis, but knows from past experience how hard it is to help John. Each of these characters must learn to face their individual failings and deal with them—to come to terms with their own sand in the painting.
Original title: The Sand in the Painting
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives