The collection is comprised of twenty-two cleverly linked stories, written over two decades. The stories trace a life from childhood to middle age. Beginning in Lancashire in the ‘60s and ‘70s, they follow a young girl as she becomes aware of what it means to be a daughter, a sister, a lover and a woman in a family where the relationships are constantly changing. From a disappeared clutch of curlew’s eggs to the last piece of furniture left standing in a home, these bleak and funny stories bolster what is lost into poignant narratives.
Here is some praise for Chrissie’s previous work:
"She's like a female Alan Bennett, such is the power of her observation."Zoe King on Family Connections
"It's the polished laconic storytelling – and the way this combines with the subject matter, which is often profoundly sad, even painful – but never flat, never gloomy, never depressing. Chrissie Gittins has a real voice and it comes out with the apparently effortlessness which is the mark of finished writing."Helen Dunmore on Family Connections
"Chrissie Gittins is a real writer with a bleak, accurate and often very funny take on the drab lives most of us lead. Above all she understands the brutal economy you need for a really successful short story."Nigel Williams on Family Connections
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