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Of endings in Kate Atkinson’s novels
in Kate Atkinson
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This chapter argues that, contrary to the general view that Atkinson’s narratives convey a strong sense of closure because everything seems to fall into place at the end, they self-consciously de-naturalise closure to make way for a poetics of unrest in which comfort is eventually partly denied to the reader. It shows how the early novels in particular display ‘hyperclosure’. It examines Atkinson’s appropriation of the surprise ending in the novels that offer a twist at the end. Finally, it considers how she weaves a form of poetic justice and instability into her crime fiction.

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