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Sweet home

Sweet home

Bray, Carys, author

A surreal supermarket, fictional parenting books, a gingerbread house and an alternative to IVF steeped in Nordic mythology are deployed in 17 very different notions of home, as Carys Bray explores loss, disappointment, frustrated expectations and regret through dark, funny stories which strike at the heart of family life

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Windmill Books, 2016

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Statement of responsibility: Carys Bray
ISBN: 0099510626, 9780099510628
Note: Originally published: Cromer: Salt, 2012.
Physical Description: 180 pages ; 20 cm
Subject: Short stories.; General.; Short Stories.

Author note

Carys Bray was awarded the Scott Prize for her debut short-story collection,Sweet Home. Her first novel,A Song for Issy Bradley,was chosen for Radio 4'sBook at Bedtimeand was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and winner of the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2015. She lives in Southport with her husband and four children.


"[Bray] explores parenthood, loss, childhood and belonging with razor-sharp prose, a killer eye for stop-you-in-your-tracks detail and a real understanding of the hidden cruelties and unexpectedly sharp comforts of family life"
Jenn Ashworth, author of The Friday Gospels||"Suburbia in all its tarnished glory - Carys Bray teases at the cracks, and pulls at the loose threads dangling, in short stories that are funny sad and achingly true"
Rob Shearman

Back cover copy

They say there's no place like home. It's where the heart is...

Meet the little boy who believes in miracles.

Meet the mother who loves to bring babies home from the newborn aisle of her supermarket.

Meet the husband who carves a longed-for baby out of ice as a gift for his wife.

Meet the widow who is reminded of romance whilst standing at the kitchen sink.

In this prize-winning short story collection, Carys Bray weaves together moments of joy, heartache, sadness and unwavering love as told through seventeen very different notions of home.