Published Jan 2010
At the opening of the novel Chrysalis Moffat is alone and living under her bed – her father has been dead since she was ten, her mother has just succumbed to complications following plastic surgery, and her brother Eddie has disappeared off round the world. But Eddie returns to claim his inheritance, the family home, which turns out to be a large mansion in California. His plan is to turn the house into a spiritual institute and, with guru Ralph in tow, to fleece credulous Californians of their money. And so begins an extraordinary tale of coincidences, obsessive gambling and mysterious siblings.
Shortlisted for the 2002 Guardian First Book Award.