A gay couple care for a cantankerous neighbour, a daughter hangs on to the threads of her father's mind, an anthropologist finds it difficult to leave behind the refugees she has... Read more
A gay couple care for a cantankerous neighbour, a daughter hangs on to the threads of her father's mind, an anthropologist finds it difficult to leave behind the refugees she has studied. This book features stories which trace the connections between those related by blood, and those not.
Family Connections Paperback edition by Chrissie Gittins
Chrissie Gittins's poems have won prizes, been anthologized, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and animated for Cbeebies television. Both her children's poetry collections were shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award and I Don't Want an Avocado for an Uncle (Rabbit Hole, 2006) was a Poetry Book Society Choice for the Children's Poetry Bookshelf. Her first adult poetry collection is Armature (Arc, 2003). She writes plays for BBC Radio 4 and her first short story collection is Family Connections (Salt, 2007).
With crackling wit and a deadpan lyricism these stories trace the connections between those related by blood, and those not. Ranging from a virginal teenager to a nonagenarian former channel swimmer, they take an unflinching look at the moments in lives when the axis swivels to reveal insights and actions which surprise and disturb.
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