Author: Tim Winton
Genre: Short Stories
Released: 7 July 2006
Tim Winton is indisputably on the finest storytellers working in the English language. Now he gives us seventeen exquisite overlapping tales of second thoughts and mid-life regret - extraordinary stories of ordinary people from ordinary places. Here are turnings of all kinds - changes of heart, nasty surprises, slow awakenings, sudden detours - where people struggle against the terrible weight of the past and challenge the lives they've made for themselves.
A wonderful collection of short stories that look at the lives of ordinary people living in ordinary places.
The collection is made up of seventeen interconnecting stories, with some characters featuring in multiple stories as they reach pivotal moments in their lives - turnings as they reflect on what has been and look towards what's to come. From graduating high school, to first loves, parental abandonment, abusive relationships, and death, these stories look at the important moments people reach in life and how they tackle the future.
I've never read anything by Tim Winton before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed each and everyone of the stories and Winton's writing style - I can see why he is such a highly praised Australian author. These stories feel so real, as if they are actually biographical rather than fictional.
What I enjoyed the most was seeing characters appear across multiple stories, so that we see them at different points in their lives - moments are referenced in other stories and expanded on. And the fact that all the stories take place in the same area, with characters in other stories making references to things that have happened in someone else's story, it feels as if you're reading a novel about the lives of a whole bunch of people living in the same community. Because of this, I enjoyed every single story, forgetting at times that they were in fact short stories.
This collection really surprised me, and I'm really glad I got the chance to read it - had I not needed to read it for university, I probably would not have picked it up. I am now really excited to try more of Tim Winton's work as I really enjoyed his writing style. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys short story collections, or if you are just trying the genre out. I'll definitely be revisiting several of these stories.