The clock is ticking for Sean O Grady. Today, his psychotic brother has been granted an early release from prison. By tonight, he will come to collect the money Sean is holding. The problem...all the money s been spent. Welcome to a day in the life of Sean O Grady husband, father, and worker in a chicken-processing factory on the outskirts of Glasgow. As the novel opens on another seemingly typical day, Sean s world comes crashing down when he hears the news that his brother Archie has unexpectedly been released from prison. A terrifyingly violent career criminal, Archie is coming home to collect the money Sean was holding for him. But there s a problem: Sean has spent the money, assuming he would have plenty of time to replenish Archie s stash. As the day progresses and tensions escalate, Sean explores increasingly desperate ways of getting back the money. With a tight time frame, shaped by Archie s looming return, Fresh offers the reader a charged narrative full of grim comedy and foreboding, leavened by Sean s natural optimism, resilience, and his habit of slipping into fantasies of a more dashing and glamorous existence.