The Lola Quartet - Emily St. John Mandel This story is just one long string of unlikely coincidences, but it must not have bothered me too much because I read the entire thing in just a few hours. I think Gavin's downward slide began when he was too lazy call the landlord to fix the leaky shower. Every night while he was sleeping, that running faucet was like the aural equivalent of Chinese water torture, eroding his brain. End of sanity and common sense for Gavin. Permanent case of the stupids. No wonder Karen ditched him. Who wants a guy who ignores his plumbing problems?