Girl, Balancing & Other Stories (Hardback)Helen Dunmore (author)
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Haunting, uplifting, beautiful: the final work from Helen Dunmore – who passed away in June 2017 – Girl, Balancing is a remarkable legacy from one of the finest authors of her generation.
In stories that shine with her trademark imagination and gift for making history human, Dunmore explores the fragile ties between passion, love, family, friendship and grief, often through people facing turning points in their lives.
A girl alone, stretching her meagre budget to feed herself, becomes aware that the young man who has come to see her may not be as friendly as he seems.
Two women from very different backgrounds enjoy an unusual night out, finding solace in laughter and an unexpected friendship.
A young man picks up his infant son and goes outside into a starlit night as he makes a decision that will inform the rest of his life.
A woman imprisoned for her religion examines her faith in a seemingly literal and quietly original way.
This brilliant collection of Helen Dunmore's short fiction, replete with her penetrating insight into the human condition, is a generous and moving swansong from a much-loved author, a final gift to her readers.
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 645 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 mm
'This book is a grace note to a lifetime of wonderful writing' - The Times
'There are new departures from themes that preoccupied Dunmore: childhood, motherhood, war, friendship, forgotten lives. And where her subject is women under threat or siege, the writing takes off.' - The Guardian
'Dunmore's gift for period detail combines with the respect she has for her characters' inner lives to produce and effect that is oddly moving' - The Sunday Times
'Dunmore's love of history flints and gleams in this elegant, posthumous collection' - The Daily Mail
'A mix of historical and contemporary, they're outstanding and showcase her amazing talent' - Good Housekeeping
'Sharply observed' - Woman & Home
'We too imagine ourselves in the room with her characters, imagine they are talking, like friends, to us' - Evening Standard
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