It is a pleasure to read a collection of short fiction in which every story is a work of elegant and meticulous craft. Catherine Cole has brought her significant observational and lyrical skills as a poet, novelist, and memoirist to bear on these stories, and the narratives unfold with cool, restrained style. However, this collection has more to offer readers than a selection of stylistically beautiful pieces. With ingenious use of theme and artful arrangement of individual stories, Cole delivers a cohesive collection that is far greater than the sum of its discrete parts.
Rachael Mead reviews 'Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark' by Catherine Cole
Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark
by Catherine Cole
UWA Publishing, $24.99 pb, 246 pp, 9781742859503
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Rachael Mead is a writer, poet, and bookseller living in South Australia. Her second book of poetry The Flaw in the Pattern was published by UWAP in early 2018.
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