A BOOK OF BLUES – THE TIMES REVIEW 23.4.11
There’s a huge spider in the corner of Darren’s bedroom ceiling. Is it alive or dead? It lingers for days, and he assures his girlfriend that he’ll get rid of it. This spider, however, comes to stand for the dreadful jealousy that will eventually destroy the relationship. This is Spider Man, one of a collection of short stories by a writer with a gift for expressing the ordinary in an original way. He writes a lot about the dynamics of the family. In All Woman, a young woman is confused about her own feelings when her teenage daughter becomes a sexual rival. And Re-Entry epitomises the melancholy of old friends who have grown apart. Excellent.