Sea Monster Tattoo and Other Stories
Ruth Thomas's debut collection of stories buzzes with insouciant humour. She addresses herself to contemporary dilemmas and classic situations: disastrous dates, irritating girlfriends, obscure longings for escape. There is Mary, struggling with quiche Lorraine in a Home Economics class and dreaming of Russian sailors; Moira, who's escaped to Latin America and sunshine and finds herself longing for the dreariness of home; and the strains of a mother/daughter relationship come to the fore when they go swimming together.
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