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Fifteen modern tales of attraction /
Alison MacLeod.
imprint
London ; New York : Hamish Hamilton, 2007.
description
210 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
014101606X (pbk.), 9780141016061 (pbk. : p. 4 of cover) 9780241142622 (pbk. : t.p. verso)
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imprint
London ; New York : Hamish Hamilton, 2007.
isbn
014101606X (pbk.)
9780141016061 (pbk. : p. 4 of cover) 9780241142622 (pbk. : t.p. verso)
catalogue key
6485829
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Alison MacLeod is a strikingly original voice. Her stories create intimate worlds and make the reader live in them with an intensity which is haunting, disturbing and above all beguiling
Alison MacLeod's collection of stories is a baker's dozen of excellence book-ended by brilliance
Beautifully crafted, they range from brilliantly observed humour to the haunting and heart-rending. Immensely readable
Brilliant . . . a jolt of thought electrifying the clogged tissue of the human heart
Fragmentary evocations of desire and its mysteries, passing glimpses into minds and hearts: tender; pierced; translucent
Praise for The Wave Theory of Angels:'Wonderful' Time Out'Utterly delightful, beautifully written' Alberto Manguel
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Guardian UK, September 2007
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Summaries
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A collection of short stories filled with sex and desire, tragic loss and unexpected renewal, with settings that range from a Paris café to London's Hayward Gallery, and from the Brighton seafront to the Nova Scotia coast.
Main Description
Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction is Alison MacLeod's collection of highly charged short stories.Sexy, tender, funny and haunting by turns, the stories in Alison MacLeod's daring collection are tales of lovers, would-be lovers and lovers gone wrong. Here we discover ECT patient Gloria, who falls for her anaesthetist, 'Dr Numb'; the cerebral Nick, who chases after the heavily pregnant Katie at an Ikea sale; and the legendary lovers Heloise and Abelard re-imagined for the twenty-first century. With settings that range from a cheap Paris café to London's Hayward Gallery, and from the Brighton seafront to the Nova Scotia coast, these stories are at times magical, at times grittily real, but always affecting.'Alison MacLeod is a strikingly original voice. Her stories create intimate worlds and make the reader live in them with an intensity which is haunting, disturbing and above all beguiling' Helen Dunmore'Alison MacLeod's collection of stories is a baker's dozen of excellence book-ended by brilliance' Time Out'Fragmentary evocations of desire and its mysteries, passing glimpses into minds and hearts: tender; pierced; translucent' Guardian 'Beautifully crafted, they range from brilliantly observed humour to the haunting and heart-rending. Immensely readable' Big Issue Alison MacLeod was raised in Canada and has lived in England since 1987. She is the author of three novels, The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, and of a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. Unexploded was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013. Alison MacLeod is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at Chichester University and lives in Brighton.
Main Description
Sexy, tender, funny and haunting by turns, the stories in Alison MacLeod#146;s daring new collection are tales of lovers, would-be lovers and lovers gone wrong. Here we discover ECT patient Gloria, who falls for her anaesthetist, #145;Dr Numb#146;; the cerebral Nick, who chases after the heavily pregnant Katie at an Ikea sale; and the legendary lovers Heloise and Abelard re-imagined for the twenty-first century. With settings that range from a cheap Paris café to London#146;s Hayward Gallery, and from the Brighton seafront to the Nova Scotia coast, these stories are at times magical, at times grittily real, but always affecting.
Table of Contents
So that the land was darkenedp. 1
Sacred Heartp. 18
Live Wirep. 35
E-Love: Heloise & Abelardp. 46
Dirty Weekendp. 63
The Knowledge of Penisesp. 75
Pilotp. 88
Dischargep. 101
Couplingp. 111
Notes for a Chaotic Centuryp. 119
Where there is milk, where there is honeyp. 140
The Will Writerp. 149
Rosie's Tonguep. 168
Life and Soulp. 177
Radiant Heatp. 188
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