There is nothing wrong with Fran. There is nothing wrong with her marriage to Nick; they've been married for more than a dozen years, since they were eighteen. There is nothing wrong with her little boy Louis; he has good health and a sweet nature. They all live together in their little London flat, And then one day, Fran walks away. While Nick is left on his own, struggling to cope with Louis while running his own restaurant. Meanwhile the novel moves from London to Las Vegas, back to London and then on to Vancouver, as Fran embarks on a search for her own mother, Iren! "A Little Stranger" explores the pressures that come to bear on the modern nuclear family. It's about how to be a good parent; how to escape your parents, and find them once again; how to grieve; and, most importantly, how to be happy.