This is a busy novel, packed with the issues that influence & occupy our thinking processes, told with a wicked sense of humour.
When Georgina, a 40 something wife & mother, who is estranged from her husband, meets elderly Naomi Shapiro one evening over the contents of a skip bin, it is the start of a relationship that takes Georgy into the life & mystery of the sassy old Naomi & her bevy of objectionable cats, whose lives mirror the antics of the people who populate this tale.
We are introduced to an odd assortment of characters, such as the Palestinian odd job man, a scheming social worker, Georgy's seemingly paranoid teenage son & a steamy Real Estate Agent with a liking for bad poetry. We are also drawn into the big issues, such as the Aged Care System & the Jewish/Palestinian conflict, as well as the destructive forces of the electronic media with its overtones of Armageddon.
At times the action & interaction becomes bizarre as the plot rollicks along, but the inventive, sometimes gross humour creates an interesting plot &, as the title suggests, life contains the glue that brings us together & the solvents that tear us apart. An entertaining & imaginative read.