Moving house is a horribly unpleasant experience. You'd think none of us would do it, ever, as Mr. Grossman advises. Yet we all do, repeatedly. Perhaps we all hope that, in our new surroundings, we will become new people, able to mold ourselves to new thoughts and experiences. As always, Mr. White says it best: "In every place he abandons he leaves something vital, it seems to me, and starts his new life somewhat less encrusted, like a lobster that has shed its skin and is for a time soft and vulnerable."