This book is quite simply brilliant. In essence it is about a very short space of time in which a goldfish falls from the top floor of an apartment block but the stories which are uncovered on the way down create a narrative thread which unfolds as the fish falls.
The book plays with time and is adept in delving into the inner worlds of a seemingly non-connected group of people. It is like a window on a small world so it is us who are in the bowl looking out whilst Troy the snail happily munches the algae.
There is aching heartache in this book and a really graphic description of a breech birth with some very explicit instructions- it is a reference text too!