Even if we mostly don’t believe heaven exists, we still know what it means; we still go on about it. It’s a good place, a perfect place. It’s a metaphor: it means perfection, and it means peace. Maybe finding that place is the most we can hope for in this life.
This is the story of four disparate characters. Their lives are dredged up from emotional rock bottom amidst the chaos of London life, and propelled along the expressway, which leads to self-discovery and that place which is…’Just Left Of Heaven.’
This is a world of art, suicide, prostitutes, chess, alcoholics, pornography, diazepam and broccoli. A world where there is no better feeling than a cigar at sunrise and where Ossobuco no longer has a place in modern Italian cuisine. But more than anything this is a world where you can’t make it on your own, where you can only escape the fragility of your own soul if you embrace the lives of others and life itself.
Christina, is a young artist living in London struggling to come to terms with the death of her brother. Fred is a reclusive French-Moroccan trying to finish his one great novel and cope with his stepson Tor, a slightly menacing chess-genius tormented by a past only Fred knows: and finally Albie, a second generation Italian, a completely neurotic but incredibly successful restaurant owner who blunders through life carefree on the outside but deeply flawed and hurt inside.
Set in London in the vicinity of Albie’s restaurant and Fred’s wine business, the story shows how the characters over a few days need to cling to one another to stop themselves from drowning in the wreck of their own lives.
Their progress is gently observed and perhaps ‘manipulated’ by the Dishwasher, who you know has personally lived the wrong turnings at life’s crossroads.
Like life itself the story shows that experience is gained from comedy, drama, pain, and most importantly, the right relationships
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