Daniel Marc Janes

Lonely voices: Dance Move, by Wendy Erskine, reviewed

Bereaved and neglected, Erskine’s Belfast outsiders join the ‘submerged population’ found in many of the greatest short stories


‘The drawer beside Roberta’s bed contained remnants of other people’s fun’: so begins ‘Mathematics’, one of 11 stories in this outstanding collection by the Belfast author Wendy Erskine. The opening is Erskine in miniature: the wry, unostentatious prose; the sad interiors with their charged objects (‘a small mother-of-pearl box inlaid with gold, a lipstick that was a stripe of fuchsia, a lucky charm in the shape of a dollar sign’); a character’s casual curiosity about the intimate affairs of others.

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