Walking on Ice

Composed of 11 vignettes hung on the realisation that a relationship, a marriage or a casual affair has run its course, Walking On Ice is deeply pessimistic cycle of short stories. From a birthday party at which a six-year-old discovers that her mother is having an affair, to a honeymoon couple’s encounter with a fortune teller in Jerusalem, Branca dissects unsettling epiphanies and exposes the fragility of sexual desire and the misplaced expectation of compatibility. Although the descriptions of the glamour, professional fulfillment and material prosperity of her female characters is sometimes clumsy, Branca is brutally honest in her exposure of the myth that love and sex can be managed rationally.

Publisher: Pan Books (2000)