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.
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.