Fresh, imaginative, witty -- these have all been used to describe Judith McCormack's stories, gathered here in a powerful debut collection. Her offbeat characters, many of them lawyers, provide a lively look at the absurdities which lie beneath the skin of everyday life. A grocer who sells lobsters, a Cuban apothecary, a hapless thief, and a dreamy lawyer who navigates by smell are some of the people who fall in and out of trouble in these stories. The collection follows their restless attempts to find footing in a colourful but tricky landscape. All of this is detailed in language with a remarkable sense of cadence, punctuated with tart insights.She cuts up some black olives and basil leaves, tips them into tomato sauce from a container, and boils water for lin- guini. Then Gaby is there, hauling a sports bag up the stairs. She is taller than Andrea, even at seventeen, with straight legs, anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Rule of Last Clear Chance|
|Publisher||:||The Porcupine's Quill - 2003|