Review: Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mothering Sunday was a pleasant surprise to me, picked up on a whim and by a writer I should really have read more of. It is a perfect example of what a novella can do. The opening half evokes a particular mood, both in terms of sensuality, time, weather, society, inner life, anything it turns its gaze on. The background of loss in the war provides an aching poignancy. Everything circles around a particular point and the effect is hypnotic.

Things loosen, necessarily, the piece resolves but this in itself expertly evokes the effect of time as the writer muses on writing, aging and the stories we keep and those we reveal.

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