Three novels in one. The normal story of a single mother and his young soldier child in the Second World War. The two characters are pure Yates, but the story, especially in the war bits, does not go on so well as in American-province,
revolutionary-roadish Yates style.
Though, the description of Alice's adventures across the USA trying to find a house and some money to carry on, frustrated by her unexpressed artistic talent, makes me think to the other epic Yates women of Easter Parade and Revolutionary Road.
The rare successes are left in the epilogue, and Alice is always alone, with the only company of the ever-present bottle of Scotch.