When Olivia's husband Johnny announces, "I don't care what colour you paint the hall, I'm leaving," Olivia is understandably devastated. Left with an eccentric troop of builders camping in her back garden, a ten-year-old daughter with "attitude" and a neurotic neighbour intent on foisting cast-off men in her direction, Olivia's dream home suddenly is less than dreamy.
Will Johnny ever come back, and if he doesn't, will her luck ever change?
This is a mood lifter, this story of a woman left to cope with her precocious 10-year-old daughter when her husband decides to pack and run. Olivia must also cope with a house full of builders who are slowly making progress on reconstructing her house.
Along comes Suzy Aitchison, an outstanding reader, who makes these true-to-life characters more wonderous than the printed word could do. There's so much life and energy in her every phrase. Best of all, each person is so well differentiated that we don't need to hear their names to know who is speaking. Aitchison plays the 10-year-old girl, a dashing male neighbor, a Greek carpenter, old women, suave urbanites. The author and she were very fortunate to have settled on each other's work for this excellent production.