“Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.”
In the heartwarming story, The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, two Londoners of polar opposite personalities embark on a comically unexpected but endearing journey of budding romance. Tiffy Moore, assistant editor of a niche DIY publisher, is quirky, passionate, and desperate to escape her ex-boyfriend and their shared apartment. Her options quickly dwindle as she discovers her budget is more than bleak. She answers a roommate ad placed by Leon Twomey, the quiet and timid palliative care nurse. Leon needs money to support his wrongly imprisoned brother, Richie. Tiffy and Leon work opposite schedules so sharing a flat…and a bed should be a piece of cake, right?
This unusual agreement, along with a cast of unique characters (read: a family of mischievous foxes and the guy in flat five who has a “bewildering number of empty banana crates,”) makes for comic misunderstandings of epic proportions. Albeit humorous, the story also has serious thematic tones, touching on abusive partnerships, corrupt legal systems, and struggling ideas of self-worth.
The Flatshare, Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, is based on her own experiences of living with her boyfriend who also had an opposite work schedule. In an interview with Writer’s Digest, O’Leary said that she did most of the work for The Flatshare on the train to and from her editing job. With the success of her first novel, O’Leary published a second novel, The Switch, earlier this year and has a novel in the works for the spring of 2021.
EVPL’s Women’s Fiction Book Discussion, open to all readers, will be meeting on December 17, 2020, at 7:00 pm to talk about this month’s selection The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. Register on the EVPL website and the Zoom link will be sent to you.
January’s selection will be The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a coming-of-age story about a foster girl establishing her place in the world as she overcomes her past. We look forward to sharing these reading experiences with you!
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