Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Just girls allowed...?

It is weird when you see short stories alone in anthologies, they seem like weedy fifteen year-old girls at school dances – awkward, lonely and a little bashful. Are we readers guilty of overlooking them in favour of a buff photospread or a tantalizing expose? I dunno, exactly. But if this is the case then Kate Sutherland's second collection of short stories (in twelve years) is comprised of long lost sisters, aunts and grandmothers who have been finally reunited.

Sutherland writes in clean spare prose that is light in touch and touching to read. Characters and relationships appear and re-appear in different stories.



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