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Supporting Cast by Kit de Waal

Supporting Cast

Kit de Waal

4.00 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 30 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9780241973424
4 stars out of 5
Phil Baker
9 Aug 2020

"de Waal’s strength is that she cares about her characters"

Kit de Waal, whose down-to-earth short stories follow her much-lauded novel My Name Is Leon, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award. Leon was a mixed-race child who grew up in care, and Supporting Cast gives more glimpses into characters in the novel, including his troubled mother, Carol. This is a prosaic world of social services, hospital canteens and police brutality, but it has heart and quiet heroism — de Waal’s strength is that she cares about her characters.

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4 stars out of 5
3 Aug 2020

"will suit the patient, perceptive reader who is willing to go back again and again"

Ultimately, although this book doesn’t quite have the pulling power of de Waal’s novels, it will suit the patient, perceptive reader who is willing to go back again and again – to tease out its controlled, telling sentences. It should be obvious, I suppose, that there is more to these characters than can be seen at first glance.

 

4 stars out of 5
30 Jul 2020

"Kit de Waal’s superb collection of short stories"

The characters in Kit de Waal’s superb collection of short stories have appeared elsewhere in her writing, hanging out on the fringes of the story and then disappearing into the background.

Here they take centre stage, and blaze into richly imagined lives full of loss, love, abandonment and heartfelt hope.

4 stars out of 5
15 Jul 2020

"a book that is absolutely right for the summer of 2020"

The collection offers a welcome short-cut to deep immersion in others’ lives with some of the micro-chapters running to just a few pages. This is a book you could read on a journey, on a beach, in a single sitting between dinner and bedtime. And afterwards feel more connected to the world.