These twenty superbly crafted linked stories navigate the difficult realm of friendship, charting its beginnings and ends, its intimacies and betrayals, its joys and humiliations. A mother learns something of the nature of love from watching her young daughter as she falls in and out of favour with a neighbourhood girl. An intricate story of two women reveals a friendship held together by the steely bonds of passivity. A chance sighting in a library prompts a woman to recall the “unconsummated courtship” she was drawn into by a male colleague. With trenchant insight, uncommon honesty, and dark humour, Elizabeth Hay probes the precarious bonds that exist between friends. The result is an emotionally raw and provocative collection of stories that will resonate with readers long after the final page.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TimBazzett - LibraryThing
SMALL CHANGE, by Elizabeth Hay. I have been a fan of Canadian writer Elizabeth Hay's work for nearly twenty years now, having read with great enjoyment her novels, A STUDENT OF WEATHER, LATE NIGHTS ON ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RandyMetcalfe - LibraryThing
Variously described as a collection of short stories and a novel, Elizabeth Hay’s Small Change explores the theme of friendship in its many forms. Certainly some of the chapters stand well alone as ... Read full review