Little Bits of Sky
Little Bits of Sky is a warm, heartfelt, stirring story of a life in care. Its gentle tone and thoughtful main character offer a meaningful, lingering reading experience. We join Ira and Zac as they live through the care home system of the 1980’s, without a ‘forever’ home, a family, and a guarantee of togetherness. Yet, despite the privations of life in Skilly House, Ira and Zac are happy. They love Hortense and Silas, their caregivers, and the story Ira creates about Glenda Hyacinth whose name is carved into the tree in the garden. What can Ira create from the box of letters she uncovers in her room? Therefore, how much do they need the permanency of a home such as one with Martha? After all, Martha has never had children of her own, but only worked within the education system. Furthermore, Zac is unpredictable and feisty and Ira defensive about him. Could a puppy make a difference?
Little Bits of Sky is S.E. Durrant’s first novel. Her trademark sensitivity and ear for character zing. Furthermore she has a rare capacity to recreate setting, from places to the time of the novel, with the Poll Tax riots featuring. This title is somehow familiar, yet there are unpredicted twists and turns, and a strong voice and conscience within the book that is captivating.
Nominated for the Branford- Boase Award