How to Disappear
- Amanda Dalton (one of our writers)
- June 1999
About the publication
Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection
How to Disappear shines a torch into the dark corners and finds a world inhabited by the missing and the dead, by monsters and wounded beasts, discarded dreams and the memories of strangers – a trawl through the apparently empty spaces and what might be found there.
At its heart is the narrative sequence Room of Leaves. It is 1959. Grace, at last, falls in love. Jilted at the altar, she sets up home in the garden of her mother’s bungalow and waits, for thirty years, in a world of birds and bright umbrellas, for Frank to return…
Dalton looks in the face of despair and tells its story with unnerving calm.Siân Hughes, TES