Sisterhood is all over the news today. Sex and the City, The Women and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants have all been prominent in the headlines. "Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful" is another story about sisterhood. But it's different. There are no Manolo Blahniks, no weddings in Paris, no jeans that fit every girl perfectly. In fact, there's no glamour and perfection at all. Instead, Deborah Kay Davies brings us the raw, honest, disturbing but somehow touching story of two sisters and their real relationship - the good, the bad and the very ugly. Set in the eastern valleys of south Wales from 1970 to the present day, "Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful" relates the history of Grace and Tamar, their volatile childhood, disruptive coming-of-age and dubious maturity. The book is part novel, part fantasy, part social history. More than anything it tells dark, universal tales about how utterly strange it is to learn to be human. Readers who know Deborah Kay Davies' poetry may be better prepared than most for the shock of her debut collection of stories, "Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful", by turns moving, hilarious and terrifying, and often all three at once.
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Used availability for Deborah Kay Davies's Grace, Tamar & Laszlo the Beautiful
July 2009 : UK Paperback
October 2008 : UK Paperback