NOVEL OF THE MONTH
Girl, Balancing by Helen Dunmore
Girl, Balancing is Helen Dunmore’s final work, a collection of fictional short stories written before she passed away last summer. With her trademark imagination and insight into the human condition, she explores the fragile ties between passion, love, family, friendship and grief, often through people facing turning points in their lives.
A girl alone, stretching her meagre budget to feed herself, becomes aware that the young man who has come to see her may not be as friendly as he seems.
Two women from very different backgrounds enjoy an unusual night out, finding solace in laughter and an unexpected friendship.
A young man picks up his infant son and goes outside into a starlit night as he makes a decision that will inform the rest of his life.
A woman imprisoned for her religion examines her faith in a seemingly literal and quietly original way.