This a collection of short stories, written over ten years. They
range from the supernatural to human relationships; from childhood
to extreme old age; from fantasy to satire. They deal with
reincarnation, loss, shattered dreams, guilt, love and other
aspects of the human condition. There is the plain spinster, who
lives in a secret fantasy world through her writings; there is the
baby snatcher; there is the ghost of a wronged woman at her own
funeral. The man at the supermarket checkout exacts his own revenge
on his tormentors; the teacher is summarily suspended on the word
of one of his pupils. Undelivered telegrams change lives; a stone
statue plays a central part in a boy's life. Other stories take
place in post War Berlin, before the removal of the Wall, and in
Venice, where a coupling leads to years of guilt and uncertainty.
There is a satirical fairy story, mocking the modern world; there
is an inept counsellor, seeking the help of her "friends." The
mystery of the meaning of life is examined in a story of
reincarnation, which centres on the idea that at the moment of
birth, a baby knows all her previous existences, and desperately
wants to return to the womb. A common theme is deception, hence the
title "Where the Truth Lies."
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