Mutable worlds

Ambition and audacity
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March 2022, no. 440

Mutable worlds

Ambition and audacity
by
March 2022, no. 440

Home And Other Hiding Places by Jack Ellis (X)Home and Other Hiding Places by Jack Ellis

Ultimo Press, $32.99 pb, 311 pp

I have said this already in a recent review, but it is a special kind of novelist who can write about young characters yet still engage the adult reader. It’s also a special book that can handle the burden of what cover quotes are fond of labelling ‘warm-hearted’ or ‘big-hearted’ fiction. To me, such descriptions usually mean the kiss of death for credibility, but warm-heartedness is exactly what Jack Ellis’s Home and Other Hiding Places delivers, without lapsing into sentimentality.

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