At the age of twenty-five, Hannah Crowe moves from Canada to London, intent (she half-jokes) on curing herself of a Puritan upbringing and on finding herself a husband. Only a few months later, Hannah finds herself married to Daniel and living in Camberwell, south London. Together they attempt to pursue their shared desire for a creatively rich, emotionally intense and sexually passionate domestic life, but it soon becomes apparent that this kind of relationship requires more from them than their individual ambitions will allow.
In an age where the pursuit of happiness seems the only moral code, what do you do when your life falls short of your dreams? Is their wisdom to be learnt from the sacrifices commitment entails? Or is there something in the notion of compatibility that we overlook?
At once funny and heartbreaking, The best way you know how is a story of misplaced passion, of yearning and the refusal to compromise. Refracted through Christine Pountney's original and unflinching gaze, these elements have been fashioned to create a brave and urgent novel about an all-too-common sense of modern disaffection.