North of nowhere, south of loss /
Janette Turner Hospital
1st American ed.
New York : W.W. Norton, 2004, c2003.
286 p. ; 21 cm.
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New York : W.W. Norton, 2004, c2003.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2004-10-18:
The Australian rainforest and the humid American South are the suffocating backdrops for most of these brooding, densely lyrical 14 stories by Hospital (Oyster; Due Preparations for the Plague; etc.). "For Mr. Voss or Occupant" begins with a feeling of foreboding, as Laura White moves herself and her daughter into a house that may be haunted by the very real presence of its former occupant, and ends abruptly with a foreshadowed but still shocking conclusion. A set of four connected stories explores the relationship of Philippa and Brian, friends since childhood in Brisbane. Philippa, an artist, frequently slips into flights of fancy from which Brian, a rational scientist, calls her back. In "Unperformed Experiments," Philippa dreams of Brian and worries that he is in trouble. In "Cape Tribulation," Philippa's nightmares are realized as Brian, worn down by overwork, succumbs to a world of hallucination, populated by ideas and fantasies that could well have been borrowed from Philippa. "And now this comeuppance: he is having her nightmares." Hospital's trademark focus on interior thoughts can be wearing, but welcome relief is provided by dialogue-rich stories such as the lively "Frames and Wonders," which follows a photographer and his lover on a chase through an ancient forest as he tries to capture her in photographic images. These short stories unfold like poems, compact and mysterious, with clues buried within. Agent, Elaine Markson. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Janette Turner Hospital explores the infinite incarnations of loss in these prize-winning stories. Her characters oscillate between estrangement and intense connectedness, between a permanent sense of dislocation and a yearning to belong.
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In these prize-winning stories Janette Turner Hospital explores the infinite incarnations of loss--lovers meeting again in midlife re-experience, through the memory of photographs both real and imagined, the passion that both frightened and thrilled them; a young dental hygienist adrift, living in a hostel in northern Australia, receives a heart-wrenching visit from her drug-dependent brother; a mother and adolescent daughter move into a new house, and their sense of safety is shaken when the previous owner reappears, desperate to reclaim what he has lost. Hospital's characters oscillate between estrangement and intense connectedness, between a permanent sense of dislocation and a yearning to belong.
Table of Contents
The ocean of Brisbanep. 1
North of nowherep. 23
For Mr. Voss or occupantp. 44
Unperformed experiments have no resultsp. 77
Our own little Kakadup. 96
Cape Tribulationp. 114
Flightp. 128
Frames and wondersp. 145
Nativityp. 168
Credit repairp. 194
South of lossp. 218
Night trainp. 237
Litany for the homelandp. 256
The end-of-the-line end-of-the-world discop. 273
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