Sunday May 31, 2020

An avalanche of grief portrayed through vivid prose

The Possibilities. By Kaui Hart Hemmings. Jonathan Cape, €17.

1st March, 2015
Kaui Hart Hemmings: a quiet novel that packs a punch

‘Tragedy gives you an excuse, like you’re exempt from real life, from manners. But of course it doesn’t. Everyone has a tragedy, and you don’t see the whole world sitting it out, excusing themselves from the table because they’re full.”

Sarah St John, a grieving mother in her early 40s, knows her behaviour three months after the death of her son Cully is unacceptable.


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