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From the Publisher
The long-awaited new book from the acclaimed short story writer,
author of The Elizabeth Stories and You
Belonging is pure pleasure to read --
entertaining, beautifully written, laced with gentle humour and
perceptive insights. Shifting from memoir to fiction, it focuses on
the commonplace experiences underlying our lives that are the true
basis for storytelling. At the book's core is Isabel Huggan's old
house in rural France, from where she contemplates the real meaning
of "home," and the mysterious manner in which memory gives
substance to ordinary things around us. With a light touch, she
brings to life the people she has met in her travels from whom
valuable lessons have been learned.
Isabel Huggan writes with the candour and compassion that made her
earlier books so well loved, and here she speaks even more clearly
from the heart. Belonging is an intimate
conversation between the narrator who needs to examine her life
because it has not turned out as she expected, and her readers, who
will find their own concerns illuminated in surprising ways.
Slowly, a pattern emerges as certain motifs become apparent:
happiness, friendship, landscape, language, heartache. As the book
draws to a close, readers will understand the fictional character
who says, "There is nothing in our lives that doesn't fit."