George Verrey Smith, a suburban teacher, is bored. Bored with his wife, his life, his job. He endures each bleak day with his joyless wife named Joy. The only bright spot in George's life is Sunday. On Sunday George looks his best. On Sunday George dresses up. On Sunday, George becomes Emily.
Adorned in his wife's discarded dresses, a blond wig and a slathering of make-up, George feels at ease in drag. It is during a stint as 'Emily' that one of George's colleagues is murdered. George is a prime suspect and must remain in his alter-ego as a genteel older woman to avoid arrest. Will he remain as Emily for the rest of his life? Would he be happy to do so?
Booker Prize winner Bernice Ruben's witty and intelligent novel is as entertaining as it is unusual.