Lillian is at a crossroads in her life. Years ago she fought to gain a scholarship to a prestigious prep school and forms a close friendship with her roommate Madison. Early on she agrees to take a fall for one of Madison's midsdeeds and gets kicked out school. Years later Madison has another favor. Her husband is getting custody of two children from a previous marriage and they need a 'governess'. The catch is that, when upset, the children burst into flames.
This is my first taste of Wilson's writing and I have to say he quickly makes the bizarre elements of the plot fade into the background as he explores the inner life of Lillian and the complicated bond she develops with her charges.
An interesting look at a toxic friendship and children in need of special handling all wrapped up in slightly bitter satire.