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Family matters

Amy Jones delivers a stellar first novel

FICTION

★ We’re All In This Together

Amy Jones

McClelland & Stewart

SOME WRITERS who begin their careers writing short fiction have a difficult time transitioning to the broader art of novel construction. The two forms, though seemingly similar, are in fact as distinct from one another as sculpture is from woodworking. While some erstwhile short-fiction writers inflate their novels with extraneous description and unnecessary side-plots, others use their storytelling instincts to their advantage, applying all the nuance and concentrated punch of high-quality short fiction over a longer narrative. When it comes to Amy Jones’s We’re All In This Together, the author has not only written a fantastic first novel, but one that is wholly enriched by her expertise with the shorter form.

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