By Alison MacLeod
Hovering at the border of existence and demise, those tales shape a ground-shifting assortment, taking us into heritage, literature and the hidden lives of iconic figures.
In Twenties Nova Scotia, as iciness starts off to thaw, a lady emerges from mourning and wears a brand new fur coat to a dance that may swap every thing. searches for his lover on a charged summer time night in 2011, as round him London erupts in anger. A cardiac professional lingers at the fringe of awareness as he awaits a brand new center – and is transported to an attic room part a century in the past. In an old Yorkshire churchyard, the writer visits Sylvia Plath's grave and makes an unforeseen connection throughout time. On a visit to Brighton, reluctant jihadists face the last word non secular attempt. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, baby of the Bloomsbury crew, is triumph over via the prior, all of the cherished ghosts that spring to existence prior to her eyes.
Precise, playful and evocative, those exquisitely crafted tales discover reminiscence, the media and mortality, unfolding on the line among truth and fiction. Written with lively intelligence and gentle perception, this assortment captures the extraordinary joys, small tragedies and profound truths of existence.
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