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Heading Inland by Nicola Barker
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Jan 08, 2012

really liked it
Recommended for: Those interested in subtle short stories and strange characters.
Read in December, 2011

There's a real peculiar sensibility to these stories. Nicola is effective in creating a substantial glimpse into the lives of these strange beings and, though we cannot see what happens to them ten or twenty years from that point, there's a bit of a defining sense of the moments she brings us. In general, I prefer stories that sort of knock you over the head especially at the ending (like Flannery O'Connor's short stories) These are a great deal more subtle for the most part though it does have a couple of frantic scenes (like when a man is choking) but mainly the stories (some quite short) build like an unfathomable smile on one's face with an intelligent wryness characteristic of Barker.

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