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Small Change

Written by: Elizabeth Hay
Narrated by: Kate Greenhouse
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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These 20 superbly crafted linked stories navigate the difficult realm of friendship, charting its beginnings and ends, its intimacies and betrayals, its joys and humiliations. A mother learns something of the nature of love from watching her young daughter as she falls in and out of favor with a neighborhood girl. An intricate story of two women reveals a friendship held together by the steely bonds of passivity. A chance sighting in a library prompts a woman to recall the "unconsummated courtship" she was drawn into by a male colleague.

With trenchant insight, uncommon honesty, and dark humor, Elizabeth Hay probes the precarious bonds that exist between friends. The result is an emotionally raw and provocative collection of stories that will resonate with listeners long after they finish.

©2018 Elizabeth Hay (P)2018 Emblem Editions

What the critics say

"Compelling.... These linked stories are not so much conventional narratives as unflinching meditations on ambivalent love, the only love worth writing about, as John Updike once said. What readers and even literary jurors are responding to is how close to the bone Hay's fiction is." (Montreal Gazette)
"One of Ms. Hay's most remarkable characteristics as a writer is her great economy, her ability to bring time in and out, to give long thoughts in short phrases, to create levels of intimacy and encroachment, to intensify the world by making it tense." ( Ottawa Citizen)
"Captivating.... Fluid, evanescent, rarely in balance, the friendships recounted in these stories are everything but peaceful." ( Toronto Star)

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Small Change could be a smaller story

Small Change held me for the bulk of the story, but sadly, the writer started to lose me with too much repition of themes that had already been well-examined. The writing however is superior, delivering a narrative that wove me in and made me want to write similar stories of the women and relationships in my life. A great effort, albiet one that went on just a bit too much for this reader.