In The Year of the Monkey
a mother yearns for some dynamism and passion to puncture the boredom of her middle-class life. At her daughterâs wedding (which she wishes had an Irish theme so everyone could sing and dance and whirl...), she reflects âWeâve lived this superficial relationship and ignored the churning undercurrents, disregarded the bubbling emotions, because itâs not done to talk about them. Because nowâs not the time, nowâs never the time. All the time in the world to talk about nothing.âPerformers Claire Dowie.