The Promise by Tony Birch

Reviewed by
May 2014, no. 361
Tony Birch's 'The Promise'

The Promise

by Tony Birch

University of Queensland Press, $22.95 pb, 232 pp, 9780702249990

The Promise by Tony Birch

Reviewed by
May 2014, no. 361

Publisher’s superlatives aside, Tony Birch’s return to short-form writing is an event to be celebrated. Following on from his Miles Franklin short-listed Blood (2011) and his two earlier collections, Shadowboxing (2006) and Father’s Day (2009), The Promise is a collection of twelve short stories united by Birch’s characteristic wit, matter-of-factness, and charm. In many respects, each of the stories in The Promise is an exploration of how the processes of age, attrition, and heartbreak wear away the rougher edges of his characters, though clearly it is what remains that interests Birch: that ember of humanity impermeable to cynicism and the vagaries of fate.

Tony Birch's 'The Promise'

The Promise

by Tony Birch

University of Queensland Press, $22.95 pb, 232 pp, 9780702249990

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