THE NARRATOR OF Tim Lott's fierce new novel begins by ruminating about the opposite sex. Not the 'other' or the 'different' sex, he points out. The opposite. 'As in diametrically opposed.' From then on the tension never lets up.
Daniel Savage is a bedsit-dwelling fortysomething. He works in advertising, and has recently been divorced from a horrendous first wife called Beth. Beth, inevitably, has custody not only of most of his money, but also their six-year-old daughter. With grim determination, Daniel sets about dating again, reeling from evenings of