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‘The Truth about Cows’ feels as though it’s intended to be an introduction to the writing of Polcastro, like it’s a literary equivalent of an album sampler sent out to publicists and record labels. Some pieces work better than others, so I couldn’t help but think this collection could have been edited to slimmer proportions, so that instead of being a sampler, it could become a Best Of, because there are plenty of stories here that are quite brilliant and had me totally enthralled.
My favourites were: ‘Zoe and Katy’ – a very funny and on-the-nose piece about the myth of celebrities being beautiful, ‘Bones and Silicone’ - a tale of grave robbers, where the last sentence manages to act like a poignant dry punchline, ‘God on YouTube’ - where God despairs at the things humans do in his name, as he comically converses with his nemesis and best friend Satan, and ‘No Purchase Necessary’ - which is narrated by a protagonist with learning difficulties and is really rather beautifully told, and was my clear winner of the collection.
Sampler done. Time to try a novel, methinks.