The Frequency of Souls by Mary Kay Zuravleff, Chatto and Windus pounds 15.99.
Sunday 25 August 1996
What should be irritatingly zany has, in fact, a razor-sharp wit to it, not least because Zuravleff, a DC books editor, dwells more on this world than the next. It's as though she's trying to break some record for one-liners in a single volume, as she packages Mahoney's quiet, prevaricating despair. There's more here than you'll ever need to know about precocious kids, paleontology, clip-on ties and the history of the refrigerator. But behind the work's cool exterior lies a surprisingly warm account of family life and the strange, solitary wavelengths of its victims.
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