Almost forty and with nothing to show for it, Hanna Luckraft is starting to notice that her lifestyle is not entirely sustainable : her subconscious is turning against her, her soul is a little unwell. Her family is wounded, her friends are odd, her body is not a reliable as it once was and her drinking is frankly out of hand. Robert, a dentist, appears to offer a love she can understand, but he may only be one more symptom of the problem she lust cure. From the north-east of Scotland to Dublin, from London to Montreal, to Budapest and onwards, Hanna travels in search of the ultimate altered state : the one were she can be happy -her paradise. Paradise is a compelling examination of failure that is also a comic triumph, a novel of dark extremes that is full of the most ravishing lyrical beauty.