A deeply moving collection of stories featuring characters from My Name is Leon and The Trick to Time
Will Carol, recovering from a psychological breakdown, be able to find the child who was taken from her?
After years in prison, how will the newly emancipated Byron find his way home?
Supporting Cast is the follow-up to Kit de Waal's highly acclaimed novels My Name is Leon and The Trick to Time. We revisit the characters in stories of loss, love and regret, following the spiky Sylvia as she files for divorce from her alcoholic husband; a married woman who confesses her secret love for another man; and a blind man raise a toast at his wedding.
This is a deft, compassionate, humane, expansive collection that follows several generations of interconnected lives. Written with the power and precision of some of the greatest short story writers, Supporting Cast is a fearless and hopeful portrait of contemporary Britain.
Praise for Supporting Cast
An emotionally sure-handed novel exploring harrowing terrain with deft sensitivitySunday Times on The Trick to Time
Devastatingly emotional. De Waal's storytelling gives us the poetry and sorrow of life itselfFinancial Times on The Trick to Time
Tender and heart-breakingRachel Joyce on My Name is Leon
The unforgettable story of a boy struggling to belong. Heartbreaking and uplifting - just read itDaily Mail on My Name is Leon
It's so good. Full of Kit's trademark humanity. I can feel my heart grow with every wordCathy Rentzenbrink
Stunning. What an experience, the brightest and most beautiful break in the clouds. Kit is in utter command of language and story here, and wields them like no other writerDonal Ryan
Kit has the most marvellous gift of getting to the marrow of her characters and this collection of vignettes from the lives of her characters, peripheral, and not so peripheral, is a magnificent study of humanity in all its various sorrows. Her writing is exquisite, not a word is wasted and the stories are beautiful in their simplicity and truthLiz Nugent
Written with such beautyPrima
Stories of everyday lives that will resonate and move you utterlyStylist
Kit de Waal has written? a book that is absolutely right for the summer of 2020 . . . This is a book you could read on a journey, on a beach, in a single sitting between dinner and bedtime. And afterwards feel more connected to the world... It's a treat for her many existing fans - but new readers can very much start hereFinancial Times
Superb. [The characters] blaze into richly imagined lives full of loss, love, abandonment and heartfelt hopeDaily Mail