Tango is a dance of passion. It draws partners into an intimate relationship. Sofia loves to tango but, as she dances, she is confronted by society's infatuation with the young and the beautiful. In the painful aftermath of a brief affair, Sofia seeks to find out what she actually knows about herself and the past. She looks for answers in dark corners and begins to see the elusiveness of understanding and memory - the psychological space where recollection and loss collide. Readers who liked The Crystal Ballroom will love The Usual Story, a delicately fragmented story of memory, intrigue and passion.