The Turning by Tim Winton
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Set on a coastal stretch of Western Australia, Tim Winton's stunning collection of connected stories is about turnings of all kinds -- changes of heart, slow awakenings, nasty surprises and accidents, sudden detours, resolves made or broken. Brothers cease speaking to each other, husbands abandon wives and children, grown men are haunted by childhood fears. People struggle against the weight of their own history and try to reconcile themselves to their place in the world. With extraordinary insight and tenderness, Winton explores the demons and frailties of ordinary people whose lives are not what they had hoped.
 

About Tim Winton

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Tim Winton has published twenty books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.
 
Published October 10, 2006 by Scribner. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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Frank has the chance to save his lifelong tormentor or let him perish: The story wryly concludes, “He held fast to his brother .

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The Turning by Tim Winton PIcador £16.99, pp200 Almost 20 years since his last short-story collection, Tim Winton presents another captivating study of sorrow and unfulfilled desire.

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Her narrative, however, tells us almost nothing about her dreams but instead circles obsessively around her doomed relationship with Boner, the local misfit she befriended during her adolescence.

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Entertainment Weekly

Meanwhile, in The Turning's stark, connected stories set in his native Western Australia, Tim Winton tenderly extends his broken characters a delicate grace: A man confronts an alcoholic father while his mother lies on her deathbed;

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Suite 101

A collection of inter-related short stories are moving, eloquent and, at times, deeply unsettling.

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Deseret News

Tim Winton's new short-story collection is subtle, well-crafted and touching.

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Jem Poster Milwaukee Jrnl Sentinel 4 of 5 Stars "I prefer this ‘whoa’ feeling when a single story comes completely yet inexpressibly together over the ‘wow’ feeling of running across the same characters, settings, or themes in several sequentially arranged stories.

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I’m always keen to see at least one original commission for the Perth International Arts Festival, and this year’s re-imagining of Tim Winton’s collection of short stories - The Turning - did not disappoint.

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