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Moments of brilliance
on 20 August 2012
I'd be lying if I didn't admit I primarily picked this book up to see what had become of my favourite brat-packer but was pleasantly surprised by the content.
Thoughful, touching prose renders beautiful the trials and tragedies which punctuate everyday life. The much trodden ground of divorcing parents is delivered feeling somewhat refreshed while the parent/child relationship is approached from various angles, all of which are both heart-felt and covincing. My only real quibble is the choice to conclude my favourite story, The Little One, indirectly through a different narrator. While no doubt a matter of personal taste, I felt most strongly for the lonely Betty and was disappointed that she slipped away so quietly while I was still getting to know her prodigal daughter.
Nonetheless this short debut novel manages to explore complex relationships in surprising depth, with some chapters comprising some really beautiful writing. I'd recommend it.