by Joanne Harris (Doubleday) ISBN: 9780857521200
Joanne Harris writes fabulous fables that reveal the journeys her characters take in sixteen short stories. River Song spoke to me. I felt myself slithering over smooth stones in the river. The next story brings the beach to two oldies in a home. One tray of water for her feet makes her remember the sea. The other blind lady has a tray of sand where her feet remember the beach.
Meet the ghost who lives on the Twitter timeline – Joanne says no-one really dies on line – or do they? Then there’s the story where they aren’t really selling their children, just sending them to the Promised Land. Then, think of your road having a voice – maybe taking you home. Joanne describes it as being still warm, like an animal. Read on to Love me Tender reminding us of Elvis. And then, in praise of Beech trees, which she sees as sensitive, unlike heavy Oaks.
Each story brings an unusually gripping tale to be read, a mixture of reality and fantasy. The stories have a build-up, a fast flow of words, and a death of sorts.