Picks and Pans Review: Not the End of the World

UPDATED 01/12/2004 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/12/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

NOVEL

by Kate Atkinson

bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite  



The lines between conventional and eerie are delightfully blurred in this collection of 12 interconnected short stories set in London and Edinburgh. Atkinson deftly juxtaposes reality and magic, mythology and pop culture in conversational, matter-of-fact prose. She is as likely to mention Korn or Air Stewardess Barbie as the ancient Greek name of the North Wind (Boreas). Her subjects are equally eclectic, with mixed results. Those who like their fantasy enchanting and light might be uncomfortable with the sinister notions of a TV critic who has an evil double or a single woman who brings home a stray cat that becomes much more. But they'll cheer when a millennial Mary Poppins rescues the son of a self-absorbed celebrity. At her best, Atkinson does a masterful job with dysfunctional family dynamics, finding in single mothers and children mutual emotional deafness.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters