The book opens with octogenarian, Florence on the floor of her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. Florence’s first person POV storytelling switches between the present and the events of the past month. The book is also borne through a couple of other narrators. The two other narrators — Miss Ambrose, the nursing home’s manager, and “Handy Simon,” the home’s handyman are in third person POV.
disintegrates after an injury halts her career as a ballerina and she moves from Paris to America with her husband. Working as a cashier in a store, she begins to slip into disordered eating. At first, her husband Matthias tries to maintain normalcy, acting like all is well. Eventually, he convinces her to get treatment after she faints in the bathroom one night.