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Hot Kitchen Snow

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Typically we lie to each other four times a day and the commonest lie told is, 'I'm fine.' The characters in Hot Kitchen Snow go one step further: they lie to themselves. This collection explores the gap between how others see us and how we see ourselves. Teenage Euan is guest of honour at a mystery funeral; door-to-door dog-food seller Greg sets out to find the girl whose ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Salt Publishing
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Sheenagh Pugh
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This is a collection of short stories (pub. Salt 2010) and ever since Joyce, the one thing we've known about a short story is that it should have an epiphany: ie, at some point something should become clear, either to us or to the protagonist, that wasn't clear before, and that changes everything. One of the most interesting things about these stories is the way Rickards sometimes subverts the epiphany, by subtly implying that though the protagonist has indeed found out something new about himse ...more
Alan
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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part of my holiday reading - off to Amsterdam at the weekend for few days..
some very beautiful pieces in this book.. more later..

I started off admiring the writing but not getting much out of the stories I read, seemed not my thing. I usually start with the shortest piece and this was 'Leaf' about a man who emits sycamore pods from his mouth instead of laughing and later laurel leaves instead of words, and then one about a guy who brings the moon down for his daughter - whacked it into a web of
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