Willy Muller has a lot of women in his life and all of them are causing him problems. His mother wants to eat tofu. His dopey girlfriend, Penny, wants him to overcome his personal-space issues, while Karen, his other, even dopier girlfriend, just wants more sex. His oldest daughter Sophie wants him to finance her husband's drug habit, but it's his youngest daughter Sadie who's giving him the biggest headache. Just before committing suicide three months ago, she sent Will her diaries. Now, as he pores over the record of her lonely life, he finds himsef troubled by stirrings of parental remorse. Might Willy, a life-long misanthrope, be ready to change his spots? Set in London, Hollywood and Mexico, Zoe Heller's novel offers a supremely witty take on love, death and the age-old battle of the sexes, not forgetting womens's underwear.