Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.
Four women, one husband and a devastating secret.
Meet the man of the house: plump and prosperous, he has seven children, but his desire for morebjust might be his undoing.
And his wives: The first will stop at nothing to rule the house. The second is shy and timid - her life is shadowed by fear. The thirs is a schemer with crimson lips and expensive tastes. And the fourth doesn't know it, but she has the power to unmask them all.