Having enjoyed ‘Half of the Human Race’ previously, I was pretty darn excited when this was given to me by MummyPops, and then recommended highly by the one and only @bibliomouse – those two I would trust to pick all my reading matter for the rest of time, ever.
As ever, they were entirely right. Quinn not only creates a cast of individual, quirky but totally human and thus flawed characters, but he weaves them together into a story that skips along against a backdrop of the rise of Facism. As one does, really. The joy of this book is that each character is totally believable, the reader can relate to each of them in very different ways. From family fall-outs to bolshy teenage daughters trying to find their space in the world, a desperation for sexual expression that surpasses the huge risks that it demands, forbidden love and desperation, it is impossible to hate any of these major characters, even at their worst, because we come to regard them as troublesome but ultimately lovable friends. A huge plot twist two-thirds of the way through the book left me on the edge of tears, but left me desperate to push through in the hope that it would be alright in the end. 
Any criticism? Very little. I would have loved it to be just a wee bit longer (the last third felt a bit rushed, as if all the ends needed tying off within a set number of pages). Also, it took me a long while to be convinced that the relationship between Nina and Stephen really was more than just a fling; I struggled to emotionally invest in their relationship, which would have probably actually left me bawling later on in the book, so may be a good thing! 
As ever, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It is pure escapism, and I loved disappearing into it. I was only sad to finish it, and would have loved to see the characters continue to blossom for longer.