Family Connections

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Salt, 2007 - Fiction - 143 pages
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These stories trace the fragile and enduring connections between those related by blood, and those not. 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. They take an unflinching look at the moments in lives when the axis swivels to reveal insights and actions which surprise and disturb. With crackling wit and a deadpan lyricism the fate of a nonagenarian former channel swimmer is sealed alongside a virginal teenager and a baroque beautician.

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Family Connections
1
Treatment Room
14
American Tan
27
Copyright

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Chrissie Gittinsrsquo;s poems have won prizes, been anthologized, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and animated for Cbeebies television. Both her childrenrsquo;s poetry collections were shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award and I Donrsquo;t Want an Avocado for an Uncle (Rabbit Hole, 2006) was a Poetry Book Society Choice for the Childrenrsquo;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).

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