Victoria fills her North London apartment with the flavors and scents of her childhood in Guyana and her lover's home in Africa. Half a lifetime and half a world away, Victoria still keeps her letters from Kola, the man who schooled her in politics, in food and in passion. but Kola has disappeared and it is Lenny, her English friend and lover, whom she should hold most dear. But who chooses where love will go? When Victoria's sister dies in Guyana, leaving behind a son, Derek, Victoria finds she must challenge everything she thought she believed. This Body is an astonishingly wise novel about what it means to love and to lose, and to create a new family in a world cross-cut with old wars and old wounds.