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Stunning, funny and very very relevant to our times
on 29 January 2002
I have now read two of McCarten's books, and though I adored Spinners I find this book even more satisfying. It is embedded in more realism than its precedessor, and combines wit with piercing socialm commentary, pathos with profundity. You will fall in love with Tracy Pringle and Saaman Sahar, and their entire extended family, but my favourite character would have to be Tracy's dad, Eric, the limping clown of the piece whose love for his daughter invites so much tragedy. I predict that McCarten's is a major literary career in the making.