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    Exceptional

    An exceptionally well-written collection of stories that weave in and out of the lives of a family in Pambula, this book had me hooked from the first sentence. Liston - Mills has an eye for detail and a gift for making the ordinary extraordinary. This book left me feeling warm and fuzzy. I absolutely loved it.
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    Funny, charming, warm.

    Kate Liston's debut collection is deft and funny, building a sense of community and the ties that bind generations.
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    Lovingly crafted, intimate pictures of life

    7 short stories: The first (Bound) is 6 pages long on Kobo and takes you into the Pambula wetlands. There are no human characters but the writing is photographic has your imagination knee deep in mud. The remaining 6 stories are a bit longer and focus on people: Ed, Hazel, Georgie etc. All you see are little sketches of a day or two that somehow define their lives. And the place they live and the community. Pambula is a tiny town, and everyone knows everyone. If you want an adventure story or a thriller, go elsewhere. In a James Bond story you don't really care, because James always wins. In these stories, you will care about Lottie, Michael and the others, even if they don't save the world as we know it, even though the characters are small, and life just flows through them. If you love the English language, you'll keep coming back to little phrases that just nail it - poetic, new and evocative. Dare you to try and read this without either a smile, a tear or some frustration & anger. Good writing does that to your heart. And next time you do the Melbourne - Sydney trip, take the coast road and spend a day in Pambula. It won't seem a stranger after you read this book.
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