Finishing Chris Somerville’s début story collection, We Are Not the Same Anymore, I felt a sense of alienation and ennui. Somerville writes with a stylistic sparseness that is deceptively simple but that repays rereading. Passages of awkwardness and deep introspection are punctuated by moments of humour, warmth, and vulnerability. Embedded within this stark territory, these moments make the journey more enjoyable.
Chris Somerville: We Are Not the Same Anymore
We Are Not The Same Anymore: Stories
by Chris Somerville
University of Queensland Press, $19.95 pb, 185 pp, 9780702249655
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Angela E. Andrewes is a Brisbane-based writer and reviewer who has been published in the Courier-Mail and the Daily Telegraph. She has a BA majoring in Literary Studies from the University of Queensland. She is a bookseller by day and an avid reader by night.
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