Extraordinary stories about everyday people,
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This review is from: Cuts: Stories of the dispossessed, lost and lonely (Kindle Edition)
The characters in Cuts are 'ordinary' in the way that people are - complicated,unique, profound, troubled, but not famous, not rich, not powerful. Everyday people who are trying to make it through to the next payday, and keep their heads above water. If that sounds depressing then at times the tone is meant to be downbeat, as they deal with the painful realities fo life, but the stories are imbued with rich humour too. And there is beauty in these stories of the dispossessed, where the unusual power of the human spirit shines brighter than the darkness, for a moment at least.
The short story is a fantastic medium when used skillfully. Wayne Dean-Richards is a master - conceiving worlds in a few pages that some novels struggle to create over hundreds. He has assembled as eccentric, and genuine, a company of characters as any drama would hope to feature, and few will manage.
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