Friday, 27 August 2010

Ice Cream

by Helen Dunmore

Ice Cream is a collection of short (sometimes too short) stories by a hitherto unknown to me author, Helen Dunmore. Some of them, including the title story, are rather disposable. Some are tragic and beautiful: Emily’s Ring, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife, Lisette. The three stories featuring Ulli (but otherwise unrelated) are curious although not particularly convincing. The best are The Clear and Rolling Water, You Stayed Awake With Me and Lilac — poetic tales of childhood friendships, love and swimming.

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