Having gathered plaudits for her early writing, and now with an autobiographical novel just released, Baume is going back to her roots
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The Possibilities. By Kaui Hart Hemmings. Jonathan Cape, €17.
A Spool of Blue Threa. By Anne Tyler Chatto & Windus, €17. Reviewed by Sarah Gilmartin.