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(short story of 1537 words)

Dual Carriageway


by Claire Collison

"She recognises herself not with any rational sense, but with a pang of protective love for the three year old who grins at her from the living room wall." An unexpected twist in the closing frames of an old home movie sends Rose hurtling back to her childhood - a time and a place where no one else's parents were divorcing, and where stepmothers were as exotic as shop-bought cake. Revisiting her memories of glamorous part-time fathers and fortnightly treats, Rose unpicks the unspoken adult acrimony, and the childish confusion: "Each time they were returned to her with their bounty she was tight-lipped and unimpressed, flattening their ebullience to a shapeless guilt, their double bind of love and loyalty teaching them early to suppress their enthusiasm in her company." Dual Carriageway is about parents and children, and how complicated it all is.

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A review of Dual Carriageway from the CUT team....

The camera doesn’t lie as the viewing of an old home movie causes Rose to revisit a period of flux in her childhood on a deeper, more personal level, and to reflect on the adult relationships that defined it. An elegantly written short story about memory and perspective.

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