"Rain Darling", Merle Collins

Short stories, 1990

Short story collection and a bit of a mixed bag. Of the seven pieces, the three more extended works pack a huge emotional punch, while the remainder feel more like exercises in reportage. The family tragedies in Rain and My Sister Cherish are particularly poignant and hugely moving, with the narrative mixing matter of fact, unsentimental language with some truly heart wrenching scenes and situations. This collection feels as if it’s a great introduction to a little known author who can really pull emotions without playing them too obviously.

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