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Grove Press, 1996 - Fiction - 95 pages
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The debut of an astonishing new literary talent, Rain proves that Gunn is already a master of her craft. Twelve-year-old Janey and her younger brother, Jim, spend summers at a lake with their parents. Ignored for long stretches and then called upon suddenly to mix drinks or receive drunken kisses, the children huddle together in tenderness, protecting each other from the unpredictable moods of the dark adult world that surrounds them.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A short debut novel with plenty of sparkle and flash but little substance. The New Zealand-born Gunn, a CondĒ Nast freelancer now living in London, speaks in the voice of Janey, a child entrusted to ... Read full review


User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

The Coleridge quote "Water, water everywhere,/Nor any drop to drink" effectively describes the emotional landscape of Gunn's first novel, a fine literary debut. Gunn herself beautifully details the ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Kirsty Gunn is the author of several internationally acclaimed works of fiction, most recently the story collection This Place You Return to Is Home. Her first novel, Rain, was made into a feature film that was an official selection in 2002 at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. She lives in London.

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