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Chosen by Karen Howlett of Cornflower Books

A very satisfying and enjoyable collection of short stories from the writer of the wonderful Reading in Bed and The Mysteries of Glass. Sue Gee's prose is marked by its clarity, and her new book exhibits that to fine effect. Every story is somehow turned to the light so that its characters' past, present and future are shown or reflected, and the internal weather of the lives we glimpse is subtly evident. Often, the subjects are artists, or the settings rural, and the mind's eye is given vivid images to take in; elsewhere, it's emotional insight and empathy which bring a scene to life and take our focus. Common themes are what was lost, or how and why happiness is always just out of reach, but there's also humour, and a typical delicacy to the writing which gives the collection resonance.  If you don't already know Sue Gee you may like to sample her through this collection, and if you are familiar with her work and are eagerly awaiting her next novel (The Tiger of Tulsipore is due out in 2012), well, here is something to enjoy meanwhile.

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