Independent Choice: Fiction's Coming Home
King, Chris Savage, The Independent (London, England)
Spring is heralded in publishing by an outbreak of novels with watercolour covers and mild titles. Their themes are downbeat: divorce; bed death; have we done the best thing for the children?; is that all there is? The implied effect is of a soothing pastille, but these products are not indistinguishable.
Gillian White's Chain Reaction (Orion, pounds 16.99) is structured in segments, using the bright idea of a house-buyers' chain. Assorted locales and very different lives collide as everyone relocates. There's Irene, a feisty pensioner about to be turfed into an old people's home with the help of a daughter who talks like a government form. Joy and Vernon are pillars of …
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Publication information: Article title: Independent Choice: Fiction's Coming Home. Contributors: King, Chris Savage - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: April 5, 1997. Page number: 6. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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