M. stands for Marisia, a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, trying to find her place in life. When her mother dies, she decides to return from Vienna to Slovakia, where she has worked as a nurse. The novel switches between the protagonist’s recollections of her mother’s death and her own experience of becoming a part of her boyfriend’s family. Everyday, banal situations alternate with extraordinary ones – Marisia meets a half-brother of whose existence she was unaware – but ultimately it is the everyday routine that triumphs. The novel focuses on family relationships, old as well as new, firm as well as superficial, important as well as worthless. Intimate themes such as grieving, family bonds and partnership are presented in an unexpectedly detached, seemingly emotionless way, yet with great linguistic precision and emphasis on details.