by Brodie, September 27, 2006 12:50 PM
Seventeen searing stories with characters that come and go throughout the collection. To me, Winton is at his best in his shorter novels and stories. The Turning is no exception. If you are looking for nice, warm, endearing fiction, this is not a book for you. Winton's setting is small town Australia, places without much going for them, and his characters don't have much chance of getting out. The range of emotions felt and endured by character and reader is wide. Concise, brutal, and well worth reading.