This book is the perfect summer read -- light and funny. It is the story of a mother turning 50 and totally out of touch with her teenage children which is rather awful since she is a child psychologist. Surprisingly my favourite character was Denys. I was almost done the book before I found out what his name was since he is most often referred to as Pater, Dad and Husband. Denys is the glue that holds this totally inappropriate and dysfunctional family together with quiet strength and insight. The story is mostly about the daughter, son and mother who are all floundering through some crises or another. Funny. Funny. Funny. And just a little insightful as well.