In a return outing for the charismatic Lizzie Vogel, Reasons to be Cheerful documents her journey into adulthood. Lizzie leaves her alcoholic, novel-writing mother and moves to Leicester to work for a racist, barely competent dentist obsessed with joining the freemasons.
Lizzie is confronted by the complications of adult life, where relationships are complicated and questions of self-identity are high priority.
In Reasons to Be Cheerful Nina Stibbe shows her extraordinary gift for illuminating the vital details which make us human. A novel which makes us laugh and think simultaneously, this is a joyous coming of age story, celebrating what it means to be alive.