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ICE CREAM

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Ice Cream

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
65687
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

In 18 short stories rich with regret, turmoil, and strained optimism, Dunmore captures how a single moment can change the course of a life: A bitter father rashly shoots his daughter’s best friend; a town bully catches his neighbor in a forbidden kiss. Here, pedestrian details sing entire tales about the characters, as in the case of a visiting Polish teacher stranded in an English school cafeteria: ”His tie… was red with bold green squiggles on it. It was a terribly hopeful tie.” Not all the stories are so subtly wrought; a few, in fact, clang with obvious themes. But the ones that work, and they are the majority, are much more than mere sweet diversions.

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