The tipping points of real life are extraordinarily caught in these stories,
This review is from: Family Connections (Salt Modern Fiction) (Paperback)
We read this collection in our book circle and recommend it to others.
In Gittins stories there are tipping points which catch you unawares, at which you realize that something has changed and will never be the same as it was before. She has an uncanny eye for seeing these moments, which in and of themselves very ordinary, often small things. Everyone has experienced them, but usually we have forgotten them as our lives move on. Gittins reminds us they are in fact extraordinary moments when life is placed to go one way or the other. They are moments of connection or disconnection with others. They are highly personal moments, significant only to us, unseen by others. Yet they are also situations everyone encounters. Gittins eye for the detail of life, her deft hand, lyrical turn of phrase and dry sense of humour, transforms them into poignant reminders of important moments in our lives - the moment the young girl takes responsibility for family planning; the moment when the widow first moves onto life beyond the loneliness of grief.