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Colin Barrett: “What took me by surprise about the collection as I was writing it ...was how a potential constraint—in the case of Young Skins, setting it all in the one place—was actually liberating. It was inspiring, and permitted me to come up with more and more material. I was worried that it might be limiting—that by sticking to one town I’d run out of things to say. Thankfully, the opposite ended up being true.”

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