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A Snow Garden

Recommended by Thornhill & Bitterne Guild Book Club

This collection of seven Christmas themed short stories can be read in any order, but the thin thread that links them benefits from remaining unbroken.

With echoes of her earlier book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce demonstrates how well she understands - and depicts with skill - the barriers that grow silently and creep malignly between people who appear to be happy and connected, but, in effect, are not.

In a short space of time and with acute observation, Joyce delineates and establishes the characters in each story, taking the reader into the world in which they live. One or two of the stories do appear slightly contrived in order to fit into the Christmas theme, and although each story ends on a happy note, there are some hints within some that such happiness may be transitory.

If you are a lover of short stories, then this book will most certainly appeal to you.  Should short stories not normally be your choice of read, then this book might change your mind.

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