If Beattie uses subtle humor to reveal her characters chronic indecision and self-absorption, her later works use humor to capture the grim reality of aging boomers.
Bing and his small army of Sunset Park squatters are part of a generation of unsettled, college-educated twenty- and thirtysomethings, bright, artistically-inclined men and women, perpetually short on cash, cobbling together a living with part-time jobs to make time for personal pursuits.
There is an inherent loneliness to these characters that is perhaps best summarized by Georgie from Someone Ought to Tell Here There’s Nowhere to Go.
Imagine now that passionate strain of teenage melancholia conflated with and compounded by the familiar cruelties of middle age.
Peeling back Dahl’s lifelong attraction to glamour and wealth, Sturrock uncovers an even greater fondness for English rural life, where he raises orchids and children, and thrives artistically under the general quotidian ease of life at the family’s country home, Gipsy House.