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  • [A] sly, emotionally complex collection . . . Each story opens to reveal a whole life spent within the web of a family, chosen or not. Full of gems, this collection is a winner.

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Do yourself a favour and read the book. McCracken has delivered a lovely collection of stories loosely tied together by one theme - the bonds of family that fracture and heal as lives are led.

    This Is Money
  • McCracken has a real talent for exploring what makes an individual unusual when they are entwined with another person, and her stories are sparkling gems of human eccentricity.

    Martin Chilton, Independent
  • [McCracken] has a gift for spotting the comic potential in situations many of us have endured... Her prose is stippled with just-so observations.

    The Observer
  • McCracken is a totally assured performer: even seemingly throwaway perceptions are often memorably poetic, and there is a hint of melancholy under the comedy.

    Phil Baker, Sunday Times

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