By Mark Winkler

“Tracy lifts a Botoxed lip, shakes her head, minces off on her Louboutins, descends the steps like a wary antelope. Gabe is mendacity on his unmade mattress along with his hands crossed, obvious on the ceiling, iPod pummelling these so-fragile, once-perfect membranes in his ears. when you examine the mathematics of it, 3(½) ≠ us. someplace, there’s extra, needs to be greater than the items of ourselves which we current to every other.”

Chris Hayes is a Capetonian architect approximately to show forty. He’s equipped up a profitable company and offers good for his spouse, Tracy, and their sixteen-year-old in basic terms son, Gabriel. yet at the morning of recent Year’s Eve, Chris wakes as much as power scratching within the roof of his Southern Suburbs apartment, as squirrels chunk into the roof-beams. That squeaking and thumping units off a yr of alterations: Chris’s adoptive mom has long past senile, Gabriel is a tightly locked mystery, even after Chris gets rid of his bed room door on the hinges, and Tracy is rarely domestic and turns into ever leaner via health club and cosmetic surgery. Chris’s companion is on at him to promote a section of the enterprise to be able to benefit from BEE offers, whilst he’s no longer bugging Chris approximately becoming a member of his relations for fri. evening Sabbath dinner, and Chris wishes . . . good, what does Chris want?

An quite uncomplicated idea (of totally every thing) is ready having every thing you will want and little of what you wish. It’s approximately being followed, but placing down roots; approximately growing older, perhaps turning out to be up; and what may perhaps transpire while the rhythms of a suburban lifestyles are disturbed.

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