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Chance Developments

Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith
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Nov 28, 2017 | 256 Pages
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Praise

Praise for Alexander McCall Smith’s Chance Developments 

“Written in praise of the human capacity for love . . . A sense of possibility, of the surprises that make even the quietest existence eventful, animates each tale . . . [McCall Smith] is a master at using the economy of the short story to highlight the amplitude of the imagination.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
 
“Endearing . . . McCall Smith is able—delightfully—to bring each character to life . . . McCall Smith writes with clarity, humor, and thoughtfulness.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“In Chance Developments, Alexander McCall Smith creates rich fictional stories about people featured in five anonymous photos. . . . Sure to tug at the heartstrings. . . . Takes some turns one wouldn’t expect. Just like life.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“McCall Smith once again exhibits his versatility with this vibrant and delightful collection of short stories all centering on the themes of love and happenstance . . . The stories are filled with the weight of real life and how chance finds its way in, no matter how we attempt to plan otherwise. Both uplifting and at times bittersweet and emotional, this collection is sure to delight both McCall Smith fans and newcomers alike.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“In all these stories, love and goodness ultimately win out, but the charming details and bittersweet human cost are what resonate.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A profoundly moving exploration of the idea that, sometimes, love really can conquer all.” 
The Scotsman

“These stories are full of insight and empathy . . . [They are] works of depth and beauty that would not be shamed in the company of the world’s great short stories.”
The Sydney Morning Herald



From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents

CONTENTS
 
Author’s Note ix
 
Sister Flora’s First Day of Freedom 3
 
Angels in Italy 51
 
Dear Ventriloquist 109
 
The Woman with the Beautiful Car 159
 
He Wanted to Believe in Tenderness 193

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